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Ruffled Feathers: The Scraggly Life of Molting Birds

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- 952 days ago -
I've noticed some scraggly looking birds the past few weeks. This time of year, many species go through a molt, which leaves them with a rough appearance. How embarrassing!

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Kit B. (276)
Monday September 23, 2013, 7:27 pm

When I was a kid we had a parakeet, I remember his molting and have long considered it much like spring shedding. Though for birds the changes can be far more dramatic. Great pictures, thanks J L.

Kit B. (276)
Monday September 23, 2013, 7:28 pm

I have a fondness for owls, not sure why I just find their look appealing.

JL A. (286)
Monday September 23, 2013, 9:13 pm
You are welcome Kit--I loved the pictures at the site, too.

Natasha salgado (711)
Monday September 23, 2013, 9:53 pm
I love this look! The owl pic is great...thanks JL

JL A. (286)
Monday September 23, 2013, 9:55 pm
You are welcome Natasha! You cannot currently send a star to Natasha because you have done so within the last day.

Judy C. (105)
Monday September 23, 2013, 10:45 pm
This is really interesting. I never thought of the possibility of penguins molting. Thanks, J.L.

Kerrie G. (135)
Monday September 23, 2013, 11:16 pm
Noted, thanks.

greenplanet e. (155)
Tuesday September 24, 2013, 12:08 am
I guess nature knows best :)

Terry V. (30)
Tuesday September 24, 2013, 3:09 am
thank you

John Gregoire (292)
Tuesday September 24, 2013, 5:32 am
Molt -so important and such a dramatic change of wardrobe! Thanks.

JL A. (286)
Tuesday September 24, 2013, 8:01 am
You are welcome Judy, Kerri, Terry and John.
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Jane Williams (165)
Tuesday September 24, 2013, 9:26 am
I have a blue and gold macaw and when she molts she still looks just as beautiful as always. Although the bottom of her cage and the surrounding floor looks like a macaw exploded.

JL A. (286)
Tuesday September 24, 2013, 9:29 am
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Tamara Noforwardsplz (185)
Tuesday September 24, 2013, 11:33 am
Well you had to know I would stop and read this one. I have witnessed so many different bird species molting and I always find it fascinating. It is also a great way for me to collect unusual or beautiful feathers. I like to make dream catchers out of different feathers for a unique look. Thanks Judi

Franshisca Dearmas (89)
Tuesday September 24, 2013, 2:17 pm

JL A. (286)
Tuesday September 24, 2013, 4:16 pm
You are welcome Tamara and Franshisca
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