A few days ago, in my post about fat horses, I predicted it:
Any day now we’re going to be reading about obese songbirds. You know it and I know it. What with all those modern Western birdfeeders allowing them to sit around stuffing their lazy gluttonous beaks all day.
Bird lovers have been grousing for months that red-masked parakeets in Telegraph Hill were getting fat and lazy as they gorged on sunflower seeds, bread and other human handouts.
Did I not call it? I want a cookie for this.
Look at that language, reporters just cannot help themselves.
As with the horses, I don’t doubt that there is an actual problem here. In fact I know parrots, and there is. It has to do with the hazards of a seed diet, malnutrition, taming and disease-spreading. But it has nothing to do with fat, lazy and gorging. They’re obviously confusing them with horses.
(To give credit where credit is due, Cynth pointed out first that she saw an article on fat pigeons recently. I have to go see if I can dig that up.)