This Neotropic Cormorant was on the Arizona Canal that winds through the Phoenix area. Fortunately, although Phoenix is very urban, we do have a lot of parks, desert preserves, and riparian areas where wild animals can still hang out in a natural environment but many are just adapting to what we leave them. I don’t know what it is about shopping carts that makes people want to shove them in a canal but it’s a pretty common sight in the city. Some people are pigs.
He’s cute, though, and he can fly away from all these eyesores if he chooses.
“Why are you ruining my environment?”
One general feature of bird species that adapt well to urban environments is they tend to be the species with bigger brains, perhaps allowing them to be more adaptable to the changeable urban environment (BBC).
Ladder-Backed Woodpecker (my first)
I guess that means pigeons must have big brains inside those tiny, bobbing heads?