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We were just been visited by a bright red bird with a red/orange bill and a black head. It looks like a cardinal, about the same size, but it's definitely not--it's a brighter red, and the head is black and not crested. Do you know what it is? We live in Virginia.

Birding Expert - George H. Harrison

Your bird is a male northern cardinal with parasite problems, which is very common among cardinals. The head feathers fall out, and the skin beneath is dark. The feathers will grow back, and the cardinal will survive. Many people are asking the same question about this strange-looking bird.

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