Adults have a long, square-tipped brown tail and are a brown or dull-brown color across the back with some shading into deep gray on the wing feathers. Breast and belly feathers may be streaked; the flanks usually are. In most cases, adult males’ heads, necks and shoulders are reddish. This color sometimes extends to the belly and down the back, between the wings. Male coloration varies in intensity with the seasonsand is derived from the berries and fruits in its diet. As a result, the colors range from pale straw-yellow through bright orange (both rare) to deep, intense red. Adult females have brown upperparts and streaked underparts.
I once had a flock of cedar waxwings stop by; some had orange tail tips, and some had yellow. I read that diet can affect their color, too. Very interesting.
It has a lot to do, the pigments are acquired from the a series of berries and wild fruits. Thank you, Linda. 🙂
Thanks so much, Susan. 🙂
Love the shade of purple-pink these gentlemen wear!
Thank you, 13. 🙂
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Thank you, Urzre. 🙂
Beautiful shots, HJ!
Thanks so much, Clare. 🙂
Both stunning shots, HJ! ❤
Thank you very much, Donna. 🙂
Such a marked difference in plumage for one species in the same locality!
Yes, it is! Thank you, D. 🙂
Thanks HJ for sharing another interesting bird from your area. Finches are amazing survivors, and like plants, it is interesting how diet affects coloration.
Thank you very much, Ashley. 🙂
They are lovely chirpy birds! Well captured!
Thanks so much, Indira. 🙂
The male looks brilliant in that light!
Thank you very much, Jane. 🙂
Aww! Really sweet!
Thank you, Jadi. 🙂
Thank you, Sri. 🙂
Thanks, Sri. 🙂
absolutely stunning! beautiful captures, full of lively colors. thank you for sharing!🤍
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