Monday, August 9, 2010


This is Max.  He has not completed his molt as can be seen from his feathers which are still not tight to his body.  He is Icon's son from 2007.  Icon had 24 chicks that year from 1 female - half of which were male.  All the male chicks had tails of over 12 inches either after the first molt or by the 2nd or 3rd molt. Four of the males had tails exceeding 12" after the first molt with Max's tails being the longest.  This is Max's third molt and at a guess, his tails may well exceed 16" when the molt is completed.

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