Birders in New York are clutching their binoculars with excitement over what may very well be the reincarnation of Liberace himself… Or at least a “Liberace-like” bird that’s been hanging out in a local park.
The painted bunting is a colorful species of bird belonging to the Cardinal family that typically winters in Central America. But one lone bird has been spotted in Prospect Park in recent days.
“It’s a pretty big rarity,” author and board member of the Brooklyn Bird Club Tom Stephenson told WYNC. He described the bird as being an adult male with a “Liberace-like” appearance for its colorful plumage.
“It’s a natural mishmash of some of the brightest colors you’ve ever seen,” he continued. “It really doesn’t look like it was put together by anyone interested in camouflage or modesty or any kind of propriety.”
Yup, sounds like Liberace to us.
Stephenson also described the bird as seeming “very happy.”
It’s unclear why the little guy is still in New York when he should be vacationing someplace closer to the equator. Stephenson hypothesizes that either he was blown off course or, thanks to global warming, he’s extending its stay in North America for a few more weeks.
“He could be an adventurer,” said Brooklyn Bird Club president Robert Bate said. “Someone who strikes out for new territory.”
Or he could be Liberace. It’s anyone’s guess, really.