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OTHER WILD BIRD STORIES
Bird Watching Stories
(Go Back to Wild Bird Page Contents)
 
»  Aransas in the Fog:
Whooping Cranes
 
» No Barbeque this Summer 
» Barn Swallow "Mama"  
» Just How Does a Bird Eat Bees?  
» My Birdwatching Adventures in Costa Rica
 » Just Another Golden Eagle  
 » Four Birds in One Tree: 
A Few Days of Birdwatching in England
 
» Four Calling Birds??? 
» A Very Unique Cardinal 
» Narcissism or Territorial
Defense: Macho Cardinal
 
  
» The Last Companion Carolina Paroquet 
» The Ever-Popular Chickadee  
» Convergent Evolution: Meadowlark and Longclaw 
» Barrel Cactus Confrontation 
» Galahs Playing Around and Around and Around ...  
» Who Made Up This Stuff?
Bird Call Mnemonics
 
 
» Mesmerizing a Goldfinch 
» The Best Mimic?  
» Prairie Chickens and Woodcocks:
Missouri Ornithology
  
» Mob Mentality: Who is Really in Control of the Skies?
» The Owl Who Sat Down Beside Me 
» Meeting Hot Shot: The Toddler Peregrine Falcon  
» Seeing 'Sea Parrots'
in Alaska
 
 
 » A Rare and Unusual Bird 
Meeting Roger Tory Peterson
  
» Raven Showoffs 
» Reddish Egrets a nd Canopy Feeding 
 »  Robins and Worms 
Hear, See, Smell, or Feel?
   
» Hospital Halucinations 
» What Are You Doing Here? Scissortail Flycatcher 
» Wild Bird "Attacks": Just Misunderstandings? 
» Drunken Waxwings and an Unusual Hummingbird Feeder
 » Acorn Woodpecker Defending its Stash
» Why Woodpeckers Don't Get Headaches: Built in Shock Absorber 

IS IT A STRANGE CRESTED ORIOLE OR A STRANGE YELLOW CARDINAL?
A Local Bird Watching Treat 
by Sally Blanchard
   Once they hear about a rare or unusual bird sighting, many wild bird watchers will travel miles to see a bird they have never seen before. It is pretty special when you only have to go up the street to see something special. Years ago when I lived in Wichita, the word went out that there was a gorgeous cardinal at the back yard feeder of a local bird watcher. Gorgeous it was but it was anything but normal. It was the bright yellow-orange color of a Baltimore (Northern) Oriole. 
   The bird hung around for several days and hundreds of bird watchers came to see a fairly common bird with very uncommon plumage. In this case, the bird exhibited a condition called xanthochromism. This is a term that applies to a bird that lacks the ability to produce red pigmentation. It is a natural but uncommon mutation in the wild. I had seen one other bird with this condition before I saw the cardinal. It was a downy woodpecker and the normally red patch at the back of his head was a bright yellow color.

 



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