Male \ Female not-alikes: Part 5

In many bird species, males and females look alike. In Antarctica, I once heard a tourist ask one of our naturalists how to differentiate male penguins from females. His response: If you see it lay an egg, it is a female. In other words, they all look alike.

In this the fifth of 6 posts, I will show various bird species, all of which have been spotted on my Toronto area nature walks over the years, in which the female and the male do NOT look alike.

Northern shoveler (female)

Northern shoveler (female)

Northern Shoveler (male)

Northern Shoveler (male)

Hooded Merganser (female in front)

Hooded Merganser (female in front)

Eastern Bluebird (female)

Eastern Bluebird (female)

Eastern bluebird (male)

Eastern bluebird (male)

Orchard Oriole (female)

Orchard Oriole (female)

Orchard Oriole (male) photo: Wikimedia

Orchard Oriole (male) photo: Wikimedia

Purple Finch (female)

Purple Finch (female)

Purple Finch (male)

Purple Finch (male)

Miles Hearn

 

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