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Northern Cardinal

Cardinalis cardinalis

Description:

Northern Cardinal (male) with a parasite in it's head. Known as lizard head because the parasite makes the bird lose its head feathers. The parasites die in the winter and the feathers grow back.



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7 Comments

AndiBrowning
AndiBrowning 7 years ago

Tis true in this case :D

williefromwi
williefromwi 7 years ago

Some say, " LOVE IS BLIND" this might be a case where it is really true.

AndiBrowning
AndiBrowning 7 years ago

I'm sure the feathers will be back and on the bright side his female partner stayed with him, she didn't seem to mind :D

williefromwi
williefromwi 7 years ago

I have seen others who have photos of birds with this condition, thankfully, I have never spotted one of them in this condition myself. So very sad, I hope the feathers grow back before it drops below freezing in your area.

MrsPbio
MrsPbio 7 years ago

Poor fellow!!! How humiliating!

AndiBrowning
AndiBrowning 7 years ago

I know it's sad looking. They do look better in the winter when the parasite dies. I have also seen Blue Jays with this problem and they look like little vultures :D

audrey.m.archer
audrey.m.archer 7 years ago

Wow. A bird without its head feathers is quite the sight. Poor bird

AndiBrowning
Spotted by
AndiBrowning

Xenia, Ohio, USA

Lat: 39.70, Long: -83.93

Spotted on Jun 29, 2012
Submitted on Aug 20, 2012

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