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#1 StevenDue

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Posted 15 June 2012 - 01:31 AM

This picture was taken in Durham NC on 2012-04-01.

The head and neck coloration is what confuses me...

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Posted 15 June 2012 - 02:15 AM

I believe it's a house finch. They can be yellow instead of red - this looks like a combo!

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Posted 15 June 2012 - 02:16 AM

Yes, this is a yellow variant House Finch. The color is affected by diet during moult and birds can be various shades of red, yellow or orange.

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Posted 15 June 2012 - 02:26 AM

Would this be a male then? How often do they molt?

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Posted 15 June 2012 - 02:30 AM

House Finches molt once a year, from summer into the fall. Given how little color there is here, this guy probably hatched this spring and he's molting from juvenal into his first basic plumage.

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Posted 15 June 2012 - 02:33 AM

Awesome! Thanks for the information.




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