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the plumage assumed by an adult bird at its complete, usually annual, molt.
(in birds having more than one plumage in their cycle of molts) the plumage of the first molt, usually the duller plumage.
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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it has much more contrast between the dark nape and white throat than the other species.
In winter, loons acquire a gray-above, white-below
Subadult loons may remain in
We get to see shorebirds in fading adult plumage as they molt into their
on their way through.
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