“The spangled cotinga is a species of bird in the family Cotingidae, the cotingas. It is found in the canopy of the Amazon Rainforest in South America. Because of their bright, beautiful colours, cotingas have been hunted by native peoples for their feathers, as well as for food. (wiki)”
A few years back I began to really take notice of broad-scale color distinctions in various flowers and birds species. The more frequently I noted the range of amazingly colorful floral and avian expressions per species, the more I began to question the intention for them to be SO overtly diverse.
‘Evolution for survival’ being the main scientific reason given for any species diversity per region, I’ve seen examples similar to the image above but even more vibrant and colorful (like that Costa Rican hummingbird a few posts ago), and I question how evolution decides the uniqueness or specialty of a species representative—what are the specific reasons or advantages for that particular throat color or wing hue in that bird’s locale?
With flowers I’ve noticed not just the species color variant, but also the geometric pattern of petal allocation. Each plant seems to have an underlying design intention as a means of personal expression behind its blooming in this manner; so in my noggin I began to house the notion that if we could only decode the messages of intention that those individual flowering plant species were offering us (as exhibited in the languages of geometry and mathematics through their DNA-defined growth patterns), we might have a better idea of what is REALLY going on behind the scenes of this very strange world that we call REALITY.
Evidently I haven’t figured out the riddle yet—I don’t speak the geometry/mathematics languages well enough to decode the messages, if they actually DO exist; but I feel somewhat encouraged to have even considered that such an underlying “hidden intention” behind LIFE on earth could even be deduced through examining the blatant expressions of nature’s most alluring beauty which are clearly meant to catch our attention—especially through such vast diversity that we see per individual genus.
So to me as a member of the current human species that grows more homogeneous by the day, I think the key to our continued existence lies more so in appreciating our diversity—our unique differences—our colorful individual expressions of a species enduring constant evolutional stress; knowing full well that for most of us, we will always more resemble squabbling sparrows battling over limited perches on the bird feeder in the yard than we will ever resemble a Spangled Cotinga gracing a swaying branch in an Amazon Rainforest.