I'm A Beautiful Little Ugly.. Dunnock Hedge Sparrow - NZ

AndreaEL

Gore, New Zealand

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We have had a few bouts of gusty winds… There would have been a number of baby birds blown from their nests… This little Dunnock Hedge Sparrow must have blown out of his nest… I observed him for a while and both his parents were feeding him… The Dunnock (Prunella modularis) is a small passerine bird found throughout temperate Europe and into Asia. It is by far the most widespread member of the accentor family, which otherwise consists of mountain species. It is sometimes called the Hedge Accentor, Hedge Sparrow or Hedge Warbler. The name “dunnock” comes from the Ancient British *dunnākos, meaning “little brown one”. It is a resident in the milder west and south of its range, but as an insectivore, must migrate south from the colder parts of its range. It is a bird of woodland, shrub and gardens. It builds a neat nest low in a bush or conifer, laying 3-5 unspotted blue eggs. It is a host of the Common Cuckoo. It is likely that this association is recent, since other Cuckoo hosts have learned to discriminate between eggs, and the Cuckoo has consequently evolved eggs that match those of its host. In the case of the Dunnock, there is no resemblance, yet the Cuckoo eggs are accepted. Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 Southland New Zealand Dec. 2012

I’m A Beautiful Little Ugly.. Dunnock Hedge Sparrow

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I’m A Beautiful Little Ugly.. Dunnock Hedge Sparrow

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