— LIWJATAN (@keita_simpson) June 20, 2019
If this were just a still picture, you might think it was an illusion or a Photoshop job. But this is a crow, standing funny. Very funny. People likened it to a gorilla posing on all fours, showing off his muscular arms. Dubbed “Crowilla,” this bird sparked a series of fan art and funny memes. Then Dr. Kaeli Swift, a corvid expert, gave us the lowdown.
What it’s actually doing is sunning itself. When birds sun they drop their wings and cock their tails. At the right angle that could obscure the legs and tail making it look like they’re missing.
— Kaeli Swift, PhD (@corvidresearch) June 22, 2019
Swift has more to tell us about this unusual crow, which you can read along with the crowilla art, at Bored Panda.