I think they could be old feathers that have just gotten discolored. I sometimes see this on the woodpeckers that come to my feeders. It usually is before they molt and get nice new clean white feathers.
> Date: Mon, 19 May 2014 13:05:51 -0400
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> I have a male hairy woodpecker that exhibits a golden color on much of the feathers that should be white. Can it be from diet or some other cause?
> Sue Wetmore
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