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Disheveled Gray Catbird, Juvenile/immature 2/2
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Eagle Creek Park
Thanks to barry for pointing out why this Gray Catbird looks so disheveled. There are a number of features that indicate an immature bird: the iris is lighter than the pupil; no black cap (or just a hint of one); messy chest and belly feathers; a lighter upper mandible lining as seen at the gape; and molt limits (which I don't understand that well-click on the link for the explanation). This is probably a hatch year bird. Click here to see a handsome adult Gray Catbird with all of its feathers neatly in place.
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