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Monday, May 23, 2011

The case of the missing tail

This California Towhee shows tail feathers growing in.
     I'm on a mission to determine why this California Towhee is without tail feathers. The experts I've checked with have given me two suggestions, it's either a fledgling or it's an adult that's been attacked. Humm. First of all, it doesn't really act like a fledgling. Despite not having a tail, it's a strong flyer. It seems to act independently foraging for food and using the bird bath. I've seen it with another adult towhee without showing typical fledgling behaviors.
     If anyone has the answer, please let me know.
     Happy birding!

Mate or parent? This adult California Towhee hops around the yard with the tailless bird.


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