• What is this bald red bird?


    This bald red bird came to my feeder this afternoon. Can you identify this one?

    Naturalist's Response

    After cardinals nest and raise their young, they undergo molting when they shed their feathers and grow new ones. Usually they lose just part of their feathers at any one time, but sometimes all the feathers on their head will molt at the same time, making the bird look sick.

    Although it is unusual, it is still considered normal and the bird will soon grow new feathers.

    Thanks for your inquiry!

    -Naturalist Denise Wolfe