"Cryptic coloration" is another term for camouflage commonly found in many species of animals. It's easy to see that the earth tones of this tree sparrow are the same as vegetation in winter prairie. At a distance, they blend perfectly into the background to give protection from predation.

Photo & words by Carl Kurtz #naturewalk #ia365 #camo #camouflage #bird #winter #sparrow #prairie #iowa #instanature #naturelovers #INHF
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