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eclipse plumage

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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Dull or colorless plumage that certain birds, such as male ducks, acquire at the end of the breeding season.

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  • Most ducks shed their body feathers twice each year. Nearly all drakes lose their bright plumage after mating, and for a few weeks resemble females. This hen-like appearance is called the eclipse plumage. The return to breeding coloration varies in species and individuals of each species.

    April 30, 2017