Mia, John, Abby, Johny C
Villages Of Bear Creek, TX, USA
As can see from the photos this mockingbird is not in good shape. He gets attacked daily and the adults that attack him dig their claws into him. The poor bird couldn’t defend himself because he was very thin at the time. His feathers were matted and in horrible shape. He has gotten bigger since he has been visiting the peanut butter “swing”.
I also saw an adult mockingbird with no head feathers. It looks like a vulture! This isn’t normal in mockingbirds. (It is normal for blue jays and cardinals to lose their head feathers.) Please help! This is really concerning as there are lots of sick/injured birds in our yard!
His head and wing feathers are black! HELP!
I searched it up and apparently a mother bird will sometimes attack and kill her baby if it is deformed or sick, but I’m not sure if she would attack a fledgling. I don’t know about the bald Mockingbird, it might have mites or lice. If the young one keeps getting attacked, then you should probably contact the person that you contacted for the Dove.
The mother wasn’t rude to her baby. He wasn’t always like this…
There are so many hurt birds. I saw the hurt sparrow yesterday.
I was looking at recent pictures on eBird and recently lots of Mockingbirds have the same head! so…
I think maybe he’s molting. Birds molt in the spring and fall so he might be going through a molt which is why his feathers look so bad.
We’ve been feeding him peanut butter so he’s not skinny anymore. His feathers are going back and his scars are healing.
I think his feathers look bad because he gets attacked a lot by the adult mockingbirds. They attack really badly. They dig their claws into his belly where you can see the marks from it.
I think he is definitely molting! Mockingbirds molt from late summer to early fall. That’s right now! And a bunch of recent photos of eBird of mockingbird look JUST like that
Ok, that’s good. So hopefully he’ll look better soon.
I think the feathers of his head are starting to grow back
He got attacked by two male mockingbirds. They beat him up so he couldn’t fight back. That black on his belly is where they dug their claws into him.
He looked a lot worse than the eBird pictures.
It’s not from molting. It’s from him getting attacked by two male mockingbirds. They dug their claws into him, pecked at him, and chased him.
Oh, well poor little guy.
He looks a lot better now.