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Molting

 

August 28, 2019

Photo courtesy of Dale Vanderheyden

Molting in birds occurs when a bird sheds old worn out feathers and they get replaced by new plumage. Molting can be just a partial loss of feathers or all feathers in some birds. At maturity, feathers stop growing and do not regenerate. Feathers are basically dead after maturity and are gradually abraded and need to be replaced.

Molting is a bit different and occurs for different reasons than shedding. For example, a reptile sheds its skin to allow room for growth. A dog may shed to adjust to the temperature having longer coats in the winter and shedding it in the heat of the summer. Bi...



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