Cardinal molting

molting cardinal

If you have ever seen a bald Northern Cardinal,
you may have thought he was a victim of conflict.

We notice the beautiful plumage of the American Goldfinch which is
acquired by yearly molting, but we never see them bald as a result.

Yet, the Northern Cardinal does occasionally go bald because of a molting of feathers! Most occurrences of molting leave a Cardinal with a bad hair day, but this feathered friend of mine was not so fortunate.


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