breeding plumage

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The courtship was well anticipated as their breeding plumage was on display.
Migratory ducks arrive here in non-breeding plumage making it harder for novice
  birders to identify some species.
In non-breeding plumage, the crown is mottled with white and the bill blackish.
Birds are in their bright and colorful breeding plumage and the observant
  visitor can witness eons-old courtship rituals.
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