5 May 2022
Some birds change their feathers for the breeding season. Others change the color of their skin.
In the non-breeding season, June to December, the bare skin on anhingas’ (Anhinga anhinga) faces is an unremarkable yellowish-brown that blends with their plumage and beaks.
But beginning in January their bodies transition to breeding plumage and their faces turn bright turquoise. Even the normally dull, brown-necked females have resplendent blue-green around their eyes.
Watch their fancy faces in this video from South Carolina.
Nesting Anhingas in South Carolina pic.twitter.com/t1knFNzy7x— Brad Balliett (@BalliettBrad) April 16, 2022
(photos from Wikimedia Commons; click on the captions to see the originals)
p.s. If you thought you saw this post on Wednesday morning and then it disappeared, you’re right. It was supposed to appear today.