Baby Figbirds

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Subject: Baby Figbirds
From: "Jenny B" <>
Date: Fri, 11 Feb 2000 15:26:55 +1000
On the weekend my husband and I saw 3 ready-to-fledge baby figbirds sitting beside their nest preening ... the thing which we found unusual was that all 3 were exactly the same colour as a male figbird, even down to the eye-patch, although theirs was more pink than red.
We were both under the impression that all baby figbirds are the same colour as the female (as per the Readers Digest Bird Book).  We have seen numerous baby figbirds and even raised several ourselves, but have never once seen one with the colours of the male bird when first fledged, let alone 3 from one nest.
Can someone out there enlighten us?
Jenny B
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