NestlingsPicture of the Week: Hairy Shrimp

Picture of the Week: Hairy Shrimp

Newborn bluebirds. Zimmerman photo.
Eastern Bluebird nestlings. Photo by Bet Zimmerman. See full resolution version.

Newborn bluebird nestlings have been described as looking like “hairy shrimp.” Their skin is pink. Their necks are very floppy, but they are able to pick their bulbous heads up to gape for food.

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