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Plucked magpie

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Bilberry Mon 01-Jun-15 17:40:50

We have two magpies in our garden, been around a few weeks. One of them looks plucked! It has no feathers on its breast and only a few on it's legs. I was also wondering if it has a full compliment of tail feathers. It was just doing a lot of insistent chirping at its mate but hadn't noticed that before.

Any ideas why?

GerundTheBehemoth Tue 23-Jun-15 07:00:33

It may have a bad case of feather mites, or it may have been caught and partly plucked by a predator but managed to escape (female sparrowhawks will take on magpies).

Aramynta Tue 23-Jun-15 09:13:47

Oh dear. Can it fly OK?

YonicScrewdriver Wed 24-Jun-15 23:00:30

Poor magpie

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