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Black Rosy-Finch hatchling in David McDonald's hand from second nest found by Maureen Ryan.

Black Rosy-Finch hatchling


Seldom seen! Black Rosy-Finch hatchling in David McDonald's hand from second nest found by Maureen Ryan, on the Beartooth Plateau, WY. Black Rosy-Finches are born "altricial," featherless and completely helpless at birth.

Credit: David B. McDonald, University of Wyoming

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