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BirdNote: Birds Dress for Spring

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Copyright Paul Bannick
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An American goldfinch.

It's spring! And for many birds, a time to look their best to attract a new mate. This American Goldfinch has recently molted. Its old, worn-down feathers have fallen out, and new ones have grown in. When goldfinches molt in the fall, they lose these brightly colored feathers. Their winter camouflage helps them blend in with the drab background of the season.
 

Broadcast on Saturday, April 5, 2014 at 8:58 a.m.

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