Pyrrhuloxia...cool name...once you learn how to pronounce it...
Nope, his name is not Red Crested Gray Back or Desert Songbird or Cousin to the Cardinal.
This guy has a fancy pants name, which combines the genus names Pyrrhula (bullfinches) and Loxia (crossbills). The roots mean flame-colored and crooked, so you may call him the reddish bird with the crooked bill, if you can't pronounce his proper name... properly.
Almost as much fun as saying Phainopepla, which we had the pleasure of seeing briefly while trying to kick up Montezuma Quail (without luck). Really handsome bird.
And, speaking of handsome....
Seriously, Cute Husband and I had no idea how truly grotesque a male Turkey in full breeding plumage (gobbling) could be.
I wonder what is the biggest clincher for the gal Turkey? Could it be the engorged naked blue face? Perhaps it is his bubbly engorged red neck? Maybe it is the fleshy protuberance that hangs over his bill?
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but it almost kills Thanksgiving for me.