Molting Cardinal Bird Turning Red
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The end of Summer and beginning of Fall seem to be the time the birds molt their feathers to grow new ones. This male Northern Cardinal is still in the process here and just starting to get his red feather in, although still looking a tad bit ragged.
Northern Cardinals (Cardinalis cardinalis) are active song birds that sing a variety of melodies. They are actually omnivores, eating insects, grain, fruit and sap. Fun fact: They can live up to around 15 years in the wild.
Molting is a process of replacing old and worn feathers that have lost their function. Feathers are made of keratin and when worn out will be replaced with fresh feathers. It kind of makes the bird look sickly but it is a completely natural process.
September 13th, 2021
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