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Updated: 02/17/2017 08:30:04AM

Gender differences in birds

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The males of the American robin sport the brick-red chest, black head and tail distinct to this well-known and loved species.

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The female Eastern bluebird is similarly marked, but with grayer or more subtle blue coloring that is also shared by the juveniles of this species.

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The female American robin sports a grayish head and tail, allowing viewers to discern between the sexes on a single glance.

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The male Eastern bluebird will display stunning brilliant blue plumage accented by rusty orange and sparkling white.

By DOROTHY HARRIS

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Valentine’s Day has just passed and couples everywhere have been or will be acting like love birds. With all the focus on couples, did you know many species of birds have unique plumage helping you to discern which is male or female of the pair?

Typically males are plumed much brighter and bolder than drabber females and juveniles will resemble the female’s coloration and feather patterns. Birds are most brilliantly colored during the breeding season, usually during the spring and summer months. Seasonal variations however can differ for many species, leaving one scratching their head when trying to identify birds.

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