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llanning

Broad-tailed hummingbird without a tail

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Western side of Jefferson County, CO, i.e. in the mountains

 

This little hummer has no tail! Is this an injury or is it like the bald Blue Jays that molt all their feathers at once? It didn't seem to keep her from getting around.

 

https://flic.kr/p/JaGA4A

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Thanks, I thought that might be the case, but the lack of ALL tail feathers at once was unusual.

I was doing a search and ran across your posting.  I like the shot. 

To answer your question, it is unusual.  Standard hummer molt of rectrices is from the

inside out in opposite pairs.  But there is variation of all of them, or just one side.

I have heard comments about it being the result of injury like a cat attack, but I have

an entire collection of what I call potatoes, kids without tails.

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I was doing a search and ran across your posting.  I like the shot. 

To answer your question, it is unusual.  Standard hummer molt of rectrices is from the

inside out in opposite pairs.  But there is variation of all of them, or just one side.

I have heard comments about it being the result of injury like a cat attack, but I have

an entire collection of what I call potatoes, kids without tails.

Thanks for the info! I've since seen quite a few Blue Jays and Magpies that have molted all of their head feathers at once, but that's the only hummingbird I've seen without a tail. I'd imagine they would be pretty hard for a predator to catch as well.

"Potatoes", that's funny!

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