The Painted Bird

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by bsterman, Jun 2, 2011.

  1. bsterman

    bsterman Hatching

    Jun 2, 2011
    I recently read a book by Jerzy Kosinski called The Painted Bird. It is a very important, but disturbing book about a young boy orphaned in Poland in WWII. In that book, there is a scene - from which the book gets its title - where a bird catcher paints a bird with bright colors and then releases it back into its flock. The other birds, not recognizing it, attack it and drive it from the flock - to the point of killing it. Does anyone have any knowledge about whether this is indeed true - and would that really happen?

    Thanks for the help.

  2. PotterWatch

    PotterWatch My Patronus is a Chicken

    Apr 22, 2008
    I can't say for sure but its possible. Chickens will peck at another's feathers if there is something there they think may be food. If the bird gets pecked enough to draw blood, the others are likely to keep after it.
  3. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits...

    May 19, 2008
    Western MA
    Not sure if its true..
    but i like books like that. Whos the author?
  4. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    It probably highly depends on the type of bird, how they recognize each other, and their social behaviors which may require them all to conform. I bet chickens or sparrows could care less, while something like a parrot could have a much harder time.
  5. bsterman

    bsterman Hatching

    Jun 2, 2011
    Jerzy Kosinski. He wrote Being There (remember the movie with Peter Sellers?). This story is pretty much autobiographical.
  6. Okie Amazon

    Okie Amazon Songster

    Mar 22, 2011
    Midwest City
    I think it's probably true (and yes, it is a very disturbing book). Once my green parakeets got out of the cage while on my pation and every bird in the vicinity, from Jays to sparrows came after them. They were glad to rush back to their cage!
  7. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    Quote:Color probably had nothing to do with being chased out of the area. They were probably seen as intruders regardless of bird type so everyone wanted them to go away unless they could "fight" for a spot in the trees. Glad you got your birds back though after the escape escapade. Had one of my parakeets fly out the door and right back in once. About had a heart attack! Bird probably thought, oh crud! No ceiling!!!

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