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alternate plumage

noun, Ornithology
1.
(of birds having more than one plumage in their cycle of molts) the plumage of the second molt, usually brighter than the basic plumage.
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Examples for alternate plumage
  • In alternate plumage, the reddish-brown plumage is diagnostic.
  • In alternate plumage, the heavy barring on the underparts is diagnostic.
  • In alternate plumage, the males are distinctive with their reddish-brown head and neck.
  • In alternate plumage, the head plumes and horn are diagnostic.
  • In alternate plumage, it is more heavily streaked than the other species, especially on the flanks.

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