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The Crested Guineafowl is certainly a unique-looking bird. It’s a common sight in Sub-Saharan Africa but relatively unknown to western audiences. That probably explains why people were so impressed when a picture of one showed up on Twitter.
Haute Couture. Crested Guineafowl (Guttera pucherani) Via: Avantgardens— Welcome To Nature (@welcomet0nature) November 3, 2018
Photo: Etienne Nortje pic.twitter.com/tObXCosAE6
The photo was posted by an account called “Welcome To Nature,” which usually just seems to compile uncredited animal and nature photos from other sources. The photo of this bird, however, appears to be the exception as it lists “Avantgardens” as the source and a man named Etienne Norte as the photographer.
Regardless of the photo’s origins, people on Twitter couldn’t get enough of the bird. Many of them also felt it bared a resemblance to a much-missed singer.
This is the result of Prince and science getting to drunk at the office Christmas party pic.twitter.com/ONOf8618eR— Grif (@Grif0912) November 3, 2018
Little Richard is that you????— Kymberlee (@kimkim579) November 3, 2018
Looks like one of the Five Heartbeats. pic.twitter.com/Hq8Fws8DXo— cbjr30 (@cbjr30) November 3, 2018
This is the James Brown of all birds— The Apex Samurai (@TheApexSamurai) November 3, 2018
Tootie fruity!— Chill Bill (@DaGimmik) November 4, 2018
Basically, any celebrity with a pompadour was fair game.
The King is still Alive.— Light (@KommandoMensch) November 3, 2018
Although its wild plumage is probably meant to attract a mate, the actual bird in questions would no doubt be unimpressed by its sudden fame.
David Britton is a writer and comedian based in Rhinebeck, New York who focuses on internet culture, memes, and viral news stories. He also writes for the Hard Times and is the creator of StoriesAboutWizards.com.