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This afternoon I had two chances to closely observe an apparently recently
fledged Painted Bunting at a feeder in the yard here in Jacksonville.  This
bird clearly had fresh wing and tail feathers, but the body feathers were
very dull and lax, including several, misplaced (molting) feathers on the
head.  The most interesting aspect of its appearance was a the fleshy,
yellowish rictus.  This should be characteristic of a bird only recently
out of the nest.  Stevenson and Anderson list a late breeding date for
Florida of 3 Aug. 1966 (juvenile collected at Apalachicola).  Hmmm...

Handy definition of rictus:
http://www.m-w.com/cgi-bin/dictionary?book=Dictionary&va=rictus
Later...

Noel Wamer
Jacksonville, FL, US
Mosaics by Noel & Terry - http://home.attbi.com/~terrywest/

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