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      Found a baby bird or a sick or injured bird?   07/11/17

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9 minutes ago, The Bird Nuts said:

Male Red-winged Blackbird (winter/immature plumage - not sure which).

I didn't think they really had a nonbreeding plumage. I'd call the original bird a young male.

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6 minutes ago, chumpalumpa said:

Ah ok--because I have other that have more red in the wings like this?

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This is an adult male.

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2 minutes ago, akiley said:

I didn't think they really had a nonbreeding plumage. I'd call the original bird a young male.

Thanks.  I have been trying to find out what the springtime gold-edged feathers mean for a long time!

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They don't have a non-breeding plumage, but on adult males, fresh feathers often have those gold edges. This is awfully extensive, though, and there's black in the handful of red lesser coverts that we're seeing, so I'd agree with a SY bird. Turns out that the underwing coverts can be diagnostic for distinguishing the ages, as well. As far as the amount of red, that's problematic. Much of the time, males keep that red largely hidden under the scapular feathers. If they don't, they're constantly harassed by other males!

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