logo
g Text Version
Beauty & Self
Books & Music
Career
Computers
Education
Family
Food & Wine
Health & Fitness
Hobbies & Crafts
Home & Garden
Money
News & Politics
Relationships
Religion & Spirituality
Sports
Travel & Culture
TV & Movies

dailyclick
Bored? Games!
Nutrition
Postcards
Take a Quiz
Rate My Photo

new
Action Movies
Bible Basics
Houseplants
Romance Movies
Creativity
Family Travel
Southwest USA


dailyclick
All times in EST

Full Schedule
g
g Birding Site

BellaOnline's Birding Editor

g

Fall is Molting Season

Guest Author - Nancy Hertzel

Feathers get heavy use. As a result, they wear out. They cannot repair themselves when they have gotten worn or broken, the way our skin can when it has been injured, so they need to be replaced. This process of losing feathers and growing new ones is called molting. New feathers begin to grow into the sockets, and push out the old feathers, much as baby teeth are pushed out by incoming new teeth. Many birds molt twice a year - once in the fall to replace their worn feathers, and again in the spring into their breeding plumage.

Birds donít lose their feathers all at once, just a few at a time. The entire process usually takes from one to three months; songbird molt starts at the head and moves down to the tail. Molting usually takes place in the fall; this is the best time since the work of raising young is finished, and by the time the bird is ready to migrate, it has new, healthy feathers for the long journey. Molting also taxes a birdís energy. It is a good idea to hang a cake of suet in the fall for these birds.

Take a look at this Blue Jay, which has lost some of the feathers on its head: Blue Jay.

Birds are more vulnerable during their molt, especially if they have lost some flight feathers. They become shy and wary. There may be days when you wonder where all the birds are gone. They are still around, just hiding. Look at this warbler which has lost one of its primary flight feathers: Warbler.

This site needs an editor - click to learn more!

Add Fall+is+Molting+Season to Twitter Add Fall+is+Molting+Season to Facebook Add Fall+is+Molting+Season to MySpace Add Fall+is+Molting+Season to Del.icio.us Digg Fall+is+Molting+Season Add Fall+is+Molting+Season to Yahoo My Web Add Fall+is+Molting+Season to Google Bookmarks Add Fall+is+Molting+Season to Stumbleupon Add Fall+is+Molting+Season to Reddit




RSS | Editor's Picks Articles | Top Ten Articles | Previous Features | Site Map


For FREE email updates, subscribe to the Birding Newsletter


Past Issues


print
Printer Friendly
bookmark
Bookmark
tell friend
Tell a Friend
forum
Forum
email
Email Editor


Content copyright © 2014 by Nancy Hertzel. All rights reserved.
This content was written by Nancy Hertzel. If you wish to use this content in any manner, you need written permission. Contact BellaOnline Administration for details.

g


g features
Attracting Hummingbirds

Archives | Site Map

forum
Forum
email
Contact

Past Issues
memberscenter


vote
Poetry
Daily
Weekly
Monthly
Less than Monthly



BellaOnline on Facebook
g


| About BellaOnline | Privacy Policy | Advertising | Become an Editor |
Website copyright © 2014 Minerva WebWorks LLC. All rights reserved.


BellaOnline Editor