The Bird That Dare Not Speak Its Name

Get your sniggering over now. I am going to blog about the Penduline Tit.

This post is actually safe for work. The Penduline Tit is not a body part but an ordinary-looking bird. Penduline refers to the pendulous nest that the birds build for their eggs. What makes the bird interesting to me is not its Beavis-and-Butthead caliber name, but how it raises its young. If you think that nature is never destructive, or that natural selection automatically finds beautiful solutions to life’s problems, this bird has a lesson for you.

The Penduline Tit–do you mind if I just call it Remiz pendulinus?–is a common sight in Europe and parts of Asia. If these birds build nests in your backyard, you

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