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Male Chaffinch

Observed: 30th July 2012 By: FenwickfieldFenwickfield’s reputation in BirdsFenwickfield’s reputation in BirdsFenwickfield’s reputation in BirdsFenwickfield’s reputation in Birds
Male Chaffinch
Male Chaffinch (2)
Description:

The first one is in excellent condition sowing off it's lovely colours,the second on is in moult so looking rather bald.

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs) interacts

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Scruff

It's not moult which has caused that bald head, as feathers are moulted in a staggered way which means that baldness does not occur! It must be some other stress which has caused it. When it does moult, and that should be soon, it will probably regrow them OK.

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couple of weeks

It has been like this for a couple of weeks but other than the head is feeding well,I did not know stress caused feather loss in wild birds but had heard of it in captive ie pulling feathers out.Thanks for the information I wonder what is stressing it.

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Baldness

You read so many different reasons for baldness in birds, ranging from mites, through fungal infections to inability to preen the head and so on and so on. It tends to happen to males in the breeding season, when they are extremely busy looking after the young and less so themselves, perhaps, and so may be related to the stress of breeding in that way. Really not sure.

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