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Two Artistic Mysteries Answered


Last Monday I wrote:

Every spring, I read my Celery Farm children's books to Mrs. Jones' class at the Temple Hill School in Newburgh, and I also showed them photos that Jerry Barrack had taken of other birds at the Celery Farm over a decade ago.

One student thought the bird above looked like "a Chinese chicken."Another called the bird below a "Mohawk bird." The following day they decided to drew these birds from memory.

What real-life bird looks like a Chinese chicken? Which looks like it has a Mohawk?

The answers, at least from the young students' point of view are:

The Chinese Chicken is a Ring-billed Pheasant., no longer seen at the Celery Farm. alas. (According to a pheasant-hunting forum, they are sometimes called  "Chinese Chickens." Who knew?)

The Mohawk Bird is a Belted Kingfisher.