After breeding season ends, some birds undergo feather replacement, called molt. Some birds lose all their head feathers at once, a condition called catastrophic molt. It doesn't indicate poor health or nutrition, nor a pest infestation. It's natural and normal, and the feathers will grow back soon.

Top 10 Backyard Questions

“There’s a bird question on line one. Can somebody pick it up?” Between the telephone calls, regular mail, and e-mail, we get about 500 bird questions a year here at Bird Watcher’s Digest. Here, culled from our mail piles and question files over the years, are ten of the most frequently asked backyard bird questions. […]

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