If birds are beautiful and babies are beautiful why are baby birds so ugly?

By JJ
@JolietJake (51140)
United States
April 26, 2016 7:19am CST
Seriously, what's up with that? Is it to protect them from being eaten by predators? Snake: "I think I'll slither up this tree and see what looks good in that nest...OMG!!! IT'S HORRIBLE!!!" *quickly slithers away* Yeah, after they get a bit older and get some feathers, then they're kinda cute. But this guy looks like some grumpy old men I've seen walking down the street cursing at the world in general... Photo of a sparrow nest under my carport
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@scheng1 (24806)
• Singapore
26 Apr 16
I think the mother bird will not agree with your statement!
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@rona07 (1665)
• Philippines
26 Apr 16
Ahaha yep, shel hunt JJ now for that statement.
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@scheng1 (24806)
• Singapore
26 Apr 16
@rona07 haha, she will peck at you until she remembers that her babies need food.
@Platespinner (16507)
• Winston Salem, North Carolina
26 Apr 16
Yet on the other hand baby mammals are generally adorable...
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@JolietJake (51140)
• United States
26 Apr 16
Yeah...pretty much...but newly-born baby people look kinda weird with their misshapen head
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• Winston Salem, North Carolina
26 Apr 16
@JolietJake No disagreement from me--I thought new born babies were pretty hideous until I had my own!
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@Genipher (5140)
• United States
26 Apr 16
@Platespinner Eh, I thought my first born was pretty ugly when she came out. My husband made the mistake of saying so out loud and my mom scolded him...until I agreed with him. We've been blessed to have good-looking kids (after their heads transform from that of a Conehead to a normal human being!) but I've often thought it would be fun to have an ugly baby, just so I could watch people scramble for an "appropriate" comment to make about said baby's appearance.
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@Gina145 (4004)
• Johannesburg, South Africa
26 Apr 16
Fortunately they don't look like that for long. Baby birds grow up really quickly.
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@JolietJake (51140)
• United States
26 Apr 16
Yeah, the sparrows nest under the carport every year, I've seen them go through their stages quite often
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@akalinus (15118)
• United States
26 Apr 16
@JolietJake You could take a picture of them every day, from the nest building until the last baby bird flies away. Then you could write an article about it.
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@Gina145 (4004)
• Johannesburg, South Africa
26 Apr 16
@akalinus I agree. I'd love to see how quickly they change.
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@Juliaacv (29693)
• Canada
26 Apr 16
Most baby animals are less then adorably cute until they get a little covering on them, kittens, puppies, birds. I get it.
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@JolietJake (51140)
• United States
26 Apr 16
At least kittens and puppies are born with fur...birds are born nekkid
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@Juliaacv (29693)
• Canada
26 Apr 16
@akalinus All except for Donald Trump, wasn't he born with a money belt on?
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@Genipher (5140)
• United States
26 Apr 16
@Juliaacv No, no, no. Everyone knows he was born with a silver spoon in his mouth.
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@JohnRoberts (54615)
• Los Angeles, California
26 Apr 16
Why are some human babies attractive then grow up to be unattractive? That is one funky looking closeup. Good photo.
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@JolietJake (51140)
• United States
26 Apr 16
Thanks. I found out there are four actually in the nest, I guess he was on top of everyone else.
@Genipher (5140)
• United States
26 Apr 16
It's called Genetics.
@Lucky15 (33414)
• Philippines
26 Apr 16
But some were.cute.when they are baby and grow ahmm..not so cute maybe indeed a protection thing..
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@rona07 (1665)
• Philippines
26 Apr 16
Ahahaha the whistling smiley icon is cute... .makes me.smile everytime...
@Genipher (5140)
• United States
26 Apr 16
I've heard it said before that human babies are cute to compensate for their crying. It's a built-in defense mechanism! Survival of our species through the "awww" factor!
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@JudyEv (121545)
• Bunbury, Australia
26 Apr 16
You're right. Baby birds are SO ugly. We often say only a mother could love them.
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@Drosophila (16717)
• Ireland
26 Apr 16
goodness thats quite an ugly looking duckling.. but I bet it taste good though.. xD
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@JolietJake (51140)
• United States
26 Apr 16
Not much more than a bite there at the moment
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@Genipher (5140)
• United States
26 Apr 16
Psst...its a sparrow.
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@Drosophila (16717)
• Ireland
26 Apr 16
@JolietJake well every bit of protein counts xD
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@sgbrown (1644)
• United States
26 Apr 16
LOL, JolietJake You are right! Baby birds are really ugly! That so funny what you said about the snake!
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@JolietJake (51140)
• United States
26 Apr 16
This nest is right next to and about level with the driver's side door to my van, I see them staring out at me quite often in the morning
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@sgbrown (1644)
• United States
26 Apr 16
@JolietJake They may be rather ugly right now, but that is still an awesome view!
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@nanette64 (17509)
• Fairfield, Texas
27 Apr 16
I've never understood that either @JolietJake . Especially when you consider other baby critters are cute. You might be onto something though as a protection from predators.
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@JolietJake (51140)
• United States
27 Apr 16
I think this one might be related to Oscar the Grouch, it has that look on its face
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@bagarad (11824)
• Paso Robles, California
26 Apr 16
The mother bird probably thinks they are beautiful. The snake probably thinks they're easier to eat without feather.
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@JolietJake (51140)
• United States
26 Apr 16
Yeah, the feathers tickle the throat a bit on the way down...and down...and down...
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@Hatley (164670)
• Garden Grove, California
31 Jul 16
lots of newly born babies are not very pretty ti they get to be a few months old then they start looking cute when my son was born every one in my home town claimed the looked like my dad ujgh my dad was not handsome at all and almost bald and always wore a frown. Now my son is a very good looking ,man lol
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@TheHorse (64001)
• Pleasant Hill, California
10 Jun 16
I think human babies get beautiful after a few days. I wouldn't want to eat a newborn.
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@MsTickle (24962)
• Australia
7 May 16
Great photo!! It's only a matter of time then the babies too are beautiful. Besides, ugly is one thing, interesting is something else again.
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• Jacksonville, Florida
26 Apr 16
They are kind of funny looking, poor baby birds. =( Maybe their sweetness makes up for their looks...
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@Dishari (700)
26 Apr 16
Perhaps the mother bird finds them beautiful!
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@Jessicalynnt (47789)
• Centralia, Missouri
26 Apr 16
there are some dogs that pop out pretty ugly too.
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@karjatwala (1135)
• Pune, India
26 Apr 16
Yes the reason seems so very logical.
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@shshiju (10405)
• Cochin, India
26 Apr 16
May be its enemies leave them thinking of they are very ugly.
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@LadyDuck (152682)
• Switzerland
26 Apr 16
You are right, baby birds are ugly, but many baby animals are ugly when they have no hair. Think at mice, even baby cats are cute only after a few days after they are born.
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