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There's A Bird Hiding In This Picture. Do You See It?

How good is your eyesight and how strong are your observation skills?

If they're good enough then chances are you've already put those skills to the test by finding objects hiding in photos.

However, no matter what your level of expertise is, you're bound to come across a sea of visual clutter that will have you stumped.

There's a photo of a bird hiding among leaves that has been circulating the net, and although the creature is hiding in plain sight, it is extremely difficult to spot.

See if you can spot the sneaky bird in the photo below:

University of Exeter

If you haven't seen it, here's a hint: the bird is a nightjar and looks something like this:

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Still no luck? We'll help you find it.

Nightjars are a great example of what scientists call evolutionary deception. These ground-nesting birds depend on their abilities to camouflage for survival, so they often seek out nesting sites that match their unique colors and patterns.

This is why so many people have trouble finding the bird among the foliage.

“This is not a species-level choice," said Professor Martin Stevens of the Center for Ecology and Conservation on the University of Exeter’s Penryn Campus in Cornwall, U.K.

“Individual birds consistently sit in places that enhance their own unique markings, both within a habitat, and at a fine scale with regards to specific background sites," he added.

So let's see where the tricky bird is sitting.

University of Exeter

It's incredible how easily it can hide in plain sight!

Did you spot it on your own or did you give up? Let us know in the comments!

[H/T: Telegraph UK]

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