Hairy and Yoke-toed
Roman sent a photograph of a Greater Roadrunner (Geococcyx californianus) nestling. In addition to zygodactyly shared with family-mates, the Cuckoos, the natal trichoptiles are observable still. These natal “hair feathers” are single keratinized fibers unlike the barbed (but without hooklets) natal down of other birds.
13 July 2008 at the Rogers Wildlife Rehabilitation Center