Switchin' Flies

by Barney Nelson 

Is a red-tailed hawk's tail red on top or bottom? Well, it depends. The feathers are red on the top side. When the red really shows up though, it usually comes from sunlight shining down through the feathers. From below, the white under-wings and dark head seem outlined in black, so the short fanned-out tail usually outlined in white and seems to glow a rusty red, like a bird wearing someone else's tail.
 
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