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Saturday, July 30, 2016

Weird Cardinal with black bill

Photo via Wikimedia Commons
Young kids today! The spiked hair, black lips, and all around strange ensemble. This is the normal (or abnormal) look of an immature Northern Cardinal. There is nothing wrong with them.

Young Northern Cardinals have ashy brown feathers and black bills rather than the orange-red of the adults. They change gradually to their adult coloration three to four months after hatching.

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