Sep 24 2010
As promised the tall rooster from last week is back again, this time facing the other direction.
Today he has a blue arrow indicating his comb.
Many birds have feathery crests but the heads of gallinaceous birds (turkeys, chickens, etc.) are adorned with a fleshy growth called a comb or cockscomb because the growth is larger on males (cocks) than on females.
The comb on this rooster is quite impressive and helps him stay in charge of the flock. Power and sex is what wattles and combs are all about.
Would you willingly annoy a rooster with comb like that?
“Not I,” said the little red hen.
(photo by Ron Proctor on Wikimedia Commons. Click on the image to see the original and its attribution.)