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Molting Red Cardinal or forever bald?


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Hi!

This cardinal has paid me several visits. I've since learned that it's most likely lost it head feathers due to mites, stress or allergies. I read that the baldness creates difficulty in attracting mates and survival,  and if it's due to mites, those can be passed on to their nests and babies. Heartbreaking. Another user suggested it's just molting. Anyone else have input? 

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