Something relevant to birds from the always interesting Laudator Temporis Acti:
E.M. Forster, A Passage to India, chapter 8:
"Do you know what the name of that green bird up above us is?" she asked, putting her shoulder rather nearer to his.
"Oh no, Ronny, it has red bars on its wings."
"Parrot," he hazarded.
"Good gracious no."
The bird in question dived into the dome of the tree. It was of no importance, yet they would have liked to identify it, it would somehow have solaced their hearts.
Forster himself in a note identified the bird as the Common Iora (Aegithina tiphia), but Prasanta Das, "’The Common Iora’ in A Passage to India," Notes and Queries 43.1 (March 1966) 54-55, observed that Forster was mistaken, as the Common Iora has white bars on its wings, not red bars.
Indeed… precise identification can be tricky at times.
That is the way life is.
Sometimes you want to know why things happen the way they do, or what really did happen.
We analyze and we often err.
Sometimes we are just taking stabs in the dark.