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eclipse plumage

noun, Ornithology
the dull plumage developed in some brightly colored birds after the breeding season.
Origin of eclipse plumage
1905-10 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • After the breeding season drakes molt into a drab eclipse plumage and resemble the hens for a few weeks.
  • Blue-winged teal and shovelers may retain the eclipse plumage until well into the winter.
  • Early fall drakes are usually still in full eclipse plumage.
British Dictionary definitions for eclipse plumage

eclipse plumage

seasonal plumage that occurs in certain birds after the breeding plumage and before the winter plumage: characterized by dull coloration
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