Thursday, July 28, 2011

Veery

This Veery is in juvenal plumage, which it acquires after leaving the nest.  These thrushes retain this plumage for about two months, June through August. Next birds undergo a partial molt into basic (winter) plumage.  This molt involves most body feathers, but not flight feathers or scapulars.  Birds in basic plumage lack the speckles on their upperparts and their breast spots have a white background. I banded this bird on 25 July 2011 and assume that it likely hatched locally. Although I have also banded young Wood Thrushes, the Veery generally favors wetter, younger forests.

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