Zombie Cardinal

by Thaddeus
(Austin, TX, US)

We just moved to the Austin area. What one earth is this bird? It doesn't seem to act unhealthy.

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Jul 24, 2012
I think it is a bald cardinal
by: Toni T

Don't worry though, it doesn't appear to be a serious issue. Could be molting because of the heat, or perhaps its due to parasites, like mites. Seems like they can recover in a few weeks, new feathers will grow and the bird will be pretty again! There's lots of information online about them. A couple of links below, and I'm sure you can find other pics by searching further.

http://www.birdchick.com/wp/2005/07/bald-cardinals/

http://www.birds.cornell.edu/pfw/AboutBirdsandFeeding/BaldBirds.htm

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