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  1. Deb Burhinus

    Juvie Bald or Golden?

    Thanks Charlotte - all too often it’s easy to forget that at times 😉
  2. Deb Burhinus

    Juvie Bald or Golden?

    So checking in case this is a cultural misunderstanding (giving my critics the benefit of the doubt 😉), this is how the National Aubudon Society describe ‘juvenile’ “What is “juvenile” plumage? The juvenile stage refers to the period right after a fledgling leaves the nest. For some species it...
  3. Deb Burhinus

    Juvie Bald or Golden?

    Well I know Americans have different ways of labelling plumages but to say a 2cy Bald Eagle in juvenile plumage cannot be regarded as a ‘juvenile’ makes absolutely no sense from an ornithological perspective - at least in how we approach moult definitions etc outside of America. A bird is...
  4. Deb Burhinus

    Juvie Bald or Golden?

    This is the only point I was making really - the bird in the OP is still in the plumage attained when replacing the down feathers, so calling it a ‘juvenile’, even though it is in it’s second calendar year, is not just commonly but technically correct. If we want to describe birds by their...
  5. Deb Burhinus

    Juvie Bald or Golden?

    I disagree with you, sorry. ‘Juvenile’ refers to the plumage (juvenal) - ‘2cy’ refers to the calendar year - the two are not mutually exclusive at this stage of development. Once it moults out of juvenile plumage later in the 2cy, it can be said to be in basic 1 plumage or young immature or...
  6. Deb Burhinus

    Juvie Bald or Golden?

    Nice image of a juvenile (2cy) Bald Eagle 🙂 note a similar age GE still has an fairly darkish bill, more clearly defined white banded tail and light feathering on the nape https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/223120291 https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/219069841
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