No, this bird isn’t having an existential crisis, despite appearances.
A bird in Queensland, Australia was photographed staring at itself in the window by journalist Nick Wiggins, with a sign above it.
“I’m a bush stone curlew. I’m fine. I just like to stare at myself in the window,” the sign reads, penned by “Caitlin from Wildcare Australia.”
Of course, Twitter was happy to jump in with a collective “same.”
Even with that logical explanation, it’s hard not to ignore the bird’s hilarious introspection, as it stares blankly at its own reflection — perhaps pondering at what’s become of its life.
Or, maybe (like some humans) it possesses a bit of narcissistic streak.
“You often see magpies and crows looking at a window,” RSPCA spokesman Michael Beatty told 9 News. “In most cases they’re just curious, and they enjoy looking at their reflection.”
Ryan Murphy, a councillor in Brisbane, had a curlew staring at the window of his office every few days for a couple of weeks.
“Upon contacting RSPCA to see if they could explain the odd behaviour, we were informed that the bird is, in fact, nocturnal — and as such is fascinated by seeing its reflection in the daytime,” he told the Wynnum Herald.
The bush-stone curlew is relatively common in Queensland, but is endangered in the state of New South Wales.
Who knew a bird being fascinated with itself would be equally as fascinating for humans?