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Welcome to our Wild Bird Blog!

Have you seen any bald birds recently?


Aug 29, 2019

 

Keep your eye out for a few balding feathered friends!

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Yes, they’re out there, barely there feathers on their head making them look quite a bit bald and somewhat skeletal.

Birds molt their feathers throughout the year, and that process is usually slight enough that you’d never notice. But often times during late summer and early fall, Northern Cardinals and Blue Jays, among others, experience a complete molt of their head and sometimes neck feathers.

Not winning any beauty contest, sure, but their bare heads are rather fascinating to behold.

Nothing is wrong with the birds, the molting—shedding of old feathers and growing new ones-- is temporary, and soon they'll be back to the birds you know and love.

Still…it certainly is a startling sight to see. 

PHOTO CREDIT: CARLA MASON