Male Northern Cardinal / Fighting Reflections

Male Northern Cardinal - Fighting Reflections

Northern Cardinals are common North American songbirds that were once prized pets prior to their protection under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.

The vibrant red males can be very territorial to the point where they might mistake their own image on reflective surfaces as an invading male and fight their own reflections incessantly.

Another territorial animal that responds aggressively to his own reflections in a mirror is the Siamese Fighting Fish. The 1975 S.E. Hinton novel Rumble Fish and its 1983 film adaptation by Francis Ford Coppola is a reference to the Siamese Fighting Fish. Although both the book and the film were not well-received by most mainstream critics, I find the offbeat story to be layered with symbolism and highly original - a story we rarely encounter in the made for Hollywood years...
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