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Scruffy Whire-eyed Vireo

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I shot this bird several days ago. It looks like it hatched three minutes ago but the eye should be dark on a young bird. Is it molting?


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Yes, it looks like it's molting. Young birds only look "scruffy" like this for a very short time, until the feathers have fully grown in. After that, they actually look very crisp, since all of their feathers are brand new. This time of year, though, adults are quite worn and just starting to molt, so they won't be looking their best.

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