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Ruffled Feathers: The Scraggly Life of Molting Birds


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JL
- 459 days ago - blog.nwf.org
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. (276)
Monday September 23, 2013, 9:13 pm
You are welcome Kit--I loved the pictures at the site, too.
 

Natasha Salgado (579)
Monday September 23, 2013, 9:53 pm
I love this look! The owl pic is great...thanks JL
 

JL A. (276)
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. (101)
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. (157)
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 (264)
Tuesday September 24, 2013, 5:32 am
Molt -so important and such a dramatic change of wardrobe! Thanks.
 

JL A. (276)
Tuesday September 24, 2013, 8:01 am
You are welcome Judy, Kerri, Terry and John.
You cannot currently send a star to greenplanet because you have done so within the last day.
 

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. (276)
Tuesday September 24, 2013, 9:29 am
You cannot currently send a star to Jane because you have done so within the last day.
 

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 (91)
Tuesday September 24, 2013, 2:17 pm
TY JL
 

JL A. (276)
Tuesday September 24, 2013, 4:16 pm
You are welcome Tamara and Franshisca
 
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