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Posted: 7/20/2008 11:36:46 AM EST
This Cardinal has been around since at least last year, but never got a decent picture of him until today. I've never seen a bald bird in the wild. I figure he was sick last year and would die, but apparently he's still going strong. Maybe I could get him a bolt face hat to keep the sun off his head. Do the come in XXXXXXS?



Here's a high res picture of it.

Found this little guy in the backyard too. Kids had a good time checking him out. He's next on a cherry tomato plant for size comparison.



Link Posted: 7/20/2008 11:37:48 AM EST
Those are some cool pics.
Link Posted: 7/20/2008 11:38:22 AM EST
praying mantis ftw. luv thse lil guys.


ps.. the bird is creepy
Link Posted: 7/20/2008 11:40:51 AM EST
Mini Condor?
Link Posted: 7/20/2008 11:41:19 AM EST
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Food is still alive.


Link Posted: 7/20/2008 11:43:16 AM EST
Opossums!
Link Posted: 7/20/2008 11:44:01 AM EST


We get the bald cardinals too.

What happens is they natually molt in the summer of course, and ideally a few feathers fall out, a few feathers grow in. It's hormonally controlled.

For some reason, the cardinals more than other birds have a problem with all of the feathers falling out at once on their heads.

I wonder if its not from all of the artificial birth control hormones excreted out into our water system, or something like that causes it, but we will never know if this is a strictly modern phenomenon or not.

They seem to recuperate just fine, but they sure are pathetic looking for a while.

Thanks for the cool pics!
Link Posted: 7/20/2008 11:44:41 AM EST
WTF is up with that bird?
Link Posted: 7/20/2008 11:46:10 AM EST
I had a cardinal in my backyard with white feathers on his head (and balding some)
Link Posted: 7/20/2008 11:47:56 AM EST
His mommy f'd a vulture.
Link Posted: 7/20/2008 11:48:19 AM EST
Link Posted: 7/20/2008 11:49:18 AM EST
Link Posted: 7/20/2008 11:57:30 AM EST

Originally Posted By psyops4fun:


We get the bald cardinals too.

What happens is they natually molt in the summer of course, and ideally a few feathers fall out, a few feathers grow in. It's hormonally controlled.

For some reason, the cardinals more than other birds have a problem with all of the feathers falling out at once on their heads.

I wonder if its not from all of the artificial birth control hormones excreted out into our water system, or something like that causes it, but we will never know if this is a strictly modern phenomenon or not.

They seem to recuperate just fine, but they sure are pathetic looking for a while.

Thanks for the cool pics!


Huh, I didn't know that. Looks like he's got something nasty growing on the base of his neck too.
Link Posted: 7/20/2008 12:02:35 PM EST
think there's a market for rogaine for birds?
Link Posted: 7/20/2008 12:05:11 PM EST
[Last Edit: 7/20/2008 12:06:04 PM EST by Polupharmakos]
I'm pretty sure that is a zombie cardinal. You know what must be done.

Do provide a range report, as I have seen no empirical data on the round most appropriate for zombie cardinals and need this information posthaste for my future purchases, now that I have been made aware of this most significant threat. Thanks!
Link Posted: 7/20/2008 12:10:36 PM EST
Hmm, there may be something to that "optical inch" stuff. That bird does look taller!
Link Posted: 7/20/2008 12:39:01 PM EST
Do yall know that a praying mantis can kill a hummingbird? I had read about this in a birding magazine probably 20 years ago but didn't believe it. Until I found about a 4 inch long praying mantis on the feeder holding a hummingbird by the head and it was eating the brain. Since then I kill every one I see near a feeder.
leroy
Link Posted: 7/20/2008 12:39:09 PM EST

Originally Posted By birdbarian:

Originally Posted By psyops4fun:


For some reason, the cardinals more than other birds have a problem with all of the feathers falling out at once on their heads.



Huh, I didn't know that. Looks like he's got something nasty growing on the base of his neck too.


I read that somewhere, about cardinals having problems with the sudden molting syndrome more than other birds. And sure enough, we see it from time to time, on cardinals and not other birds. Maybe its normal for them, or within the normal range of the molting cycle bell curve.

Seems like their brains would cook in there.

I pulled up the high res version of the pic, and what we may be seeing on his neck is the growth of the down feathers. Hard to tell.

Either he'll make it or he won't.

One thing about birds, is they don't linger around suffering. They either thrive or die, with no inbetween for most of them.

Link Posted: 7/20/2008 1:13:19 PM EST

Originally Posted By leroy:
Do yall know that a praying mantis can kill a hummingbird? I had read about this in a birding magazine probably 20 years ago but didn't believe it. Until I found about a 4 inch long praying mantis on the feeder holding a hummingbird by the head and it was eating the brain. Since then I kill every one I see near a feeder.
leroy


There's a bunch of youtube videos that show them eating a humming birds. Those little guys are cold. They eat their prey while it is still alive.
Link Posted: 7/20/2008 1:21:57 PM EST
It's the new bird defense mechanism against DK Prof. Make themselves look like Condors--no one wants to risk having sex with an endangered species.
Link Posted: 7/22/2008 4:41:33 PM EST

Originally Posted By birdbarian:
This Cardinal has been around since at least last year, but never got a decent picture of him until today. I've never seen a bald bird in the wild. I figure he was sick last year and would die, but apparently he's still going strong. Maybe I could get him a bolt face hat to keep the sun off his head. Do the come in XXXXXXS?

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Here's a high res picture of it.

Found this little guy in the backyard too. Kids had a good time checking him out. He's next on a cherry tomato plant for size comparison.

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Check this web page, then kill it with fire:

www.hiltonpond.org/ThisWeek030701.html
About bird mites: birdmites.org/research.html
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