Flycatcher: the clue is in the name

Truly amazing short video of a bird catching a fly.

Why Evolution Is True

by Matthew Cobb

Great video by Robert Martin of a male Pied Flycatcher at Gilfach Farm, Radnorshire, Wales, doing what comes naturally. This was filmed just under a year ago – 31 May 2014 – and shows the casual agility of these birds. At least it was quick for the insect.

Just think about the complexity of the neural circuits that enable the bird to recognise the incoming arthropod, plot an intercept course, then move its body to the appropriate point and take the necessary action, all in a few dozen milliseconds. That’s the power of natural selection. Truly awesome, as Professor Ceiling Cat would say.

h/t @edyong209 on Tw*tter

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