“I know all the fowls of the mountains: and the wild beasts of the field are mine.”
Have you ever tried to get a bottle in a baby’s mouth in a dark room? It would be handy if the baby had a glowing target on its mouth. God has given the Gouldian finch, a native of Australia, a unique solution to this problem.
The Gouldian finch sports bright, parrot-like colors. A single bird may carry feathers in up to six brilliant colors, including sky blue, dark blue, yellow, green, purple and black. The finch’s face may be red, orange or black. Found mostly in the grasslands of northern Australia, the finches usually build their nests of loosely woven dried grass. These nests are usually built in a tree hollow, a termite mound or in the grass itself.
Consequently, finches often find themselves having to feed their young in low-light conditions. But God, knowing the behavior He built into these birds, has provided a solution for this problem. You might put a night light in the baby’s room so you can find her mouth at night. God has done about the same for the Gouldian finch. Their young have two pairs of iridescent nodules marking the margin of their beaks. These nodules don’t generate light. Instead, they are highly efficient reflectors that glow purplish-blue in all but total darkness. Lest anyone question whether these nodules were specially designed to help the parents feed their young, we note that the nodules disappear as the young birds mature into adulthood.
God can claim ownership over all living things because He made them. Because He made you and me He has not only claimed ownership over us, but even though we ruined His perfect creation with our sin, He sent His Son to save us.
Father, I praise You for Your love and salvation in Your Son. Amen.
Carl Wieland, Purple Pearls of Creative Wisdom, Creation, 21(3) June-August. Photo: Male adult Gouldian finch. Courtesy of Martin Pot. (CC BY-SA 3.0)