Photo: A young cardinal transitions to red

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A young cardinal transitions to red

credit: Gene Baucom

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After hatching naked, young cardinals first grow light brown feathers. For males, these are replaced gradually by bright red plumage, as you can see in this photo. “This capture was in June, before they develop their full color,” writes our photo contributor Gene Baucom. “This guy came to my feeder almost every day. He was curious and an alpha bird.”

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