Back in June, we shared pictures of Otus, one of our education eastern screech-owls, as she was going through a molt. This process is when old feathers are dropped and replaced with new ones. It is healthy and expected, and all birds go through this. Though not every feather on the body is replaced every year, it is often very easy to see which ones are, especially around the face, wings and tail.
Mestaae is also molting right now (as are quite a few of our education ambassadors.) We expect that most of our birds will complete the molt for the year in the next few months.
|You can see tiny pin feathers coming in, |
between Mestaae's eyes.