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breeding plumage

noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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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.
  • Subtle subspecies differences in breeding plumage have been described.
  • The non-breeding plumage is similar to the breeding plumage without the presence of the white face feathers.
  • In early fall the blue plates on the beak fall off and the puffin's breeding plumage changes to a subdued tone.
  • Great blue herons, four feet tall, sport brilliant breeding plumage with striking long plumes.
  • Waterfowl and shorebirds adorned in bright breeding plumage are photographed throughout the spring and summer.
  • Multiple birds were observed on different days, all in breeding plumage.

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