The Washington Post

A birdbraine­d error

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I, as do most people, like birds. I have to say “most” because I know that my mother-in-law thinks birds are just noisy. However, in support of equal representa­tion for the rest of the animal kingdom, I take exception to the caption for “Our planet is covered in fungus, and that’s a good thing,” Richard Schiffman’s July 17 Book World review of Keith Seifert’s “The Hidden Kingdom of Fungi: Exploring the Microscopi­c World in Our Forests, Homes, and Bodies.” The caption stated, in part, “Fungus species are believed to outnumber all animals, plants and birds combined.”

According to my science teachers, birds are, and have been for quite a while, animals.

Ray Diroll, Springfiel­d

 ?? JOHN KELLY/THE WASHINGTON POST ?? A mourning dove perches in a backyard holly tree in Silver Spring in May.
JOHN KELLY/THE WASHINGTON POST A mourning dove perches in a backyard holly tree in Silver Spring in May.

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