Jump to content
Whatbird Community

Recommended Posts

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?

 

White-eyed Vireo 1.JPG

White-eyed Vireo 2.JPG

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

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.

  • Thanks 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

×