[Tweeters] Tailess Towhees
stevechampton at gmail.com
Thu Apr 14 16:06:59 PDT 2022
Yes, this is generally assumed to be from a cat, although I suppose other
mammalian predators are possible.
On Thu, Apr 14, 2022 at 3:40 PM <dgrainger at birdsbydave.com> wrote:
> I saw examples of that last year, was explained as "fright molt" where a
> grab from a predator would pull out tail feathers easily because they
> are anchored more loosely than other feathers, thus letting MOST of the
> bird live to grow them back...
> On 2022-04-12 11:41, Greg Pluth wrote:
> > Tweets -
> > Over the last few days I've been noticing a male Spotted Towhee with
> > absolutely no tail feathers. I have seen this several times with
> > towhees only over the years. I'm not sure if they were all at this
> > time in the spring. Though I've never heard other birders (or anyone
> > for that matter) discussing it, I'm nearly positive I can't be the
> > only one to have observed it. I also have not seen tailess birds
> > subsequently sprouting new stubby tail feathers. I have conjectured to
> > myself that there may be a cat somewhere with a mouthful of tail
> > feathers, and I can't imagine an April Towhee molting out all tail
> > feathers at once.
> > Anyone out there knowledgeable on the subject? I'd be interested to
> > know!
> > Greg Pluth
> > University Place
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