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An American goldfinch takes a bath and reveals little evidence of what was once a broad white wingbar. Having molted its wings late last year, it's now worn very thin. Keith Corliss

An introduction to the complexities of molt

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If you hang around the bird-watching hobby long enough there are a number of themes which you will find unavoidable. As much as you want to just sit there with your coffee and watch those feathered beauties outside your kitchen window, you inevitably get sucked into topical areas such as vocalizations, courtship behavior, migration, and taxonomy.


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