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Bald-headed Blackbird - anyone know the reason?

Observed: 19th June 2011 By: Sue HendrieSue Hendrie’s reputation in BirdsSue Hendrie’s reputation in Birds
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This female blackbird with a completely bald head & neck has been visiting my mother's garden in Westergate. I think the baldness may be due to feeding young but does anyone know whether this is so or perhaps another reason? It certainly looks very odd.

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Species with which Blackbird (Turdus merula) interacts