“And today we’re talking about a bird that claps for himself. But more on that later.”
Dance is the language of love. Or at least, that’s the motto of a variety of birds in rain forests around the world. Some animals fight for their mates, but why do that when you can settle things with style? One small South American bird takes his dance to the next level buy incorporating some moves that are big on the pop scene. But when your a bird of very small stature, you have to do whatever it takes to catch the eye of an eligible bachelorette in Life, Death, and Taxonomy.
Continue reading Episode 77 – Red-Capped Manakin: The Moonwalking Glitch Bird
“Today we’re talking about a crummy parent and a nasty little child. But more on that later.”
Like the social programs that Ayn Rand despises so much, parasites exist to profit off of someone else with no benefit to the host. The cuckoo bird likes making kids, but hates raising them. They’re a lot of work, and they’d rather fly around and squawk at things rather than be parents. So they take the sleazy parasite route. But how can they get anyone else to feed and spank their kids? It’s all about being the biggest bird in the bush here in Life, Death, and Taxonomy.
Continue reading Episode 76 – Cuckoo Bird: Lazy Not Crazy
“Today we are talking about a river horse whose looks are laughable and unphotographable. Yet they’re my favorite work of art.”
Continue reading Episode 75 – Tapir: Chubby River Horse
“And today we’re talking about a worm that’s more radiant than a locomotive. But more on that later.”
Continue reading Episode 74 – Railroad Worm: More Brilliant Than a Locomotive
“And today we’re talking about a big black buzzard the binges on bear beef but more on that later.”
Continue reading Episode 73 – California Condor: An Old Bord
“And today we are talking about one of the biggest animal celebrities. I’m a little star struck already.”
Continue reading Episode 72 – West African Giraffe: A Tall Horse
“And today we’re talking about a big blubbery boy with wonderful whiskers with which they wade around in the water.”
Continue reading Episode 71 – Walrus: The Sabertooth Puppy-Whale
“And today we are talking about a slippery sucker pup that has more than 15 ways to get out of danger.”
Continue reading Episode 70 – Mimic Octopus: The Mocking Mollusk
“And today we are talking about a bird that is a harbinger of doom and destruction. But more on that later.”
Continue reading Episode 69 – Black Kite: The Harbinger of Destruction
“And today we’re talking about the John Wick of weasels and like John Wick, you just don’t want to get in it’s way. But more on that later.”
The plains of sub-Saharan Africa are a dangerous place for mid- to smallish-sized mammals. There are lots of predators that want to make a meal out of you and your posterity. For the honey badger, there is no middle ground—it’s all or nothing. Don’t let its dame fool you, the badger is always ready to put up its dukes and fight to the death with anything that rubs it the wrong way. To be this aggro, the honey badger needs to have some interesting tools in its survival kit that can only be described here in Life Death and Taxonomy.
Continue reading Episode 68 – Honey Badger: The Badger Who Lived