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Re: house finch observation
- To: "BILL HILTON JR Hilton Pond Center for Piedmont Natural History" <firstname.lastname@example.org>, "shannon douglas" <email@example.com>, "CAROLINA BIRDS" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Subject: Re: house finch observation
- From: "Dennis Lankford" <email@example.com>
- Date: Thu, 5 Jul 2001 22:55:56 -0400
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That's interesting because the House Finch I reported, early, in the Spring
had these same head feathers. So maybe I did see a fledgling that early?
----- Original Message -----
From: "BILL HILTON JR Hilton Pond Center for Piedmont Natural History"
To: "shannon douglas" <firstname.lastname@example.org>; "CAROLINA BIRDS"
Sent: Thursday, July 05, 2001 2:20 PM
Subject: Re: house finch observation
| >I have lots of house finches at my feeders and I have noticed something
| >interesting. It does not seem to be consistent with every bird, but
| >frequently enough to be more than an isolated incident. Some of the
| >that are either juveniles or females, but I think they are juveniles,
| >sometimes have two feathers sticking up on their heads - they look like
| >feather cowlicks but they are placed on the head as if they were horns.
| >It's very strange. I have seen it occasionally on birds over 3 summers
| >different locations (so I doubt that it's just one wierd bird that I'm
| >seeing). I have no idea what the purpose of it could be or if there is
| >behavior that might cause it inadvertently (like the pollen on the
| >hummingbird). Has anybody else seen this?
| >Shannon Douglas
| >columbia, sc
| >PS the nuthatches at my feeder are brown headed. Thanks for all the
| >responses to backyard birds post.
| SHANNON . . .
| It's fairly common among songbirds--and some other bird groups--for
| young birds to have additional head feathers such as those you
| describe. This natal down disappears quickly. There have been various
| hypotheses about the function, but one explanation is that it helps
| adult birds recognize the youngsters as youngsters.
| The anthropomorphic explanation is that it makes the young look "cuter."
| BILL HILTON JR., "The Piedmont Naturalist"
| Hilton Pond Center for Piedmont Natural History
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