This plumage is worn for only a short time, as the body plumage and tail are molted during the last half of July and in August.
This coat remains until the following summer or fall, when it is molted and replaced by a new one.
Newton estimated its temperature, in this position, to be more than two thousand times that of molted iron.
It is very desirable that they be kept alive until they have begun their web and have molted at least twice.
They possess the curious habit of always devouring their molted skins.
Cros also observed injured and recently molted nymphs of B. orientalis to be eaten by others of the same species.
Probably the buff is brighter and deeper in fresh plumage and it fades out to white before this plumage is molted.
This beautiful plumage is worn for only a short time and is molted before the birds leave their northern breeding grounds.
So valuable have these been considered that it has been a practice to pluck the live geese each year before they molted.
This plumage fades somewhat during migration and the body plumage is mostly all molted before October.
also moult, mid-14c., mouten, of feathers, "to be shed," from Old English *mutian "to change" (cf. bemutian "to exchange"), from Latin mutare "to change" (see mutable). Transitive sense, of birds, "to shed feathers" is first attested 1520s. With parasitic -l-, late 16c., on model of fault, etc. Related: Molted, moulted; molting, moulting. As a noun from 1815.
v. molt·ed, molt·ing, molts
To shed periodically part or all of a coat or an outer covering, such as feathers, cuticle, or skin, which is then replaced by a new growth. n.
The act or process of molting.
The material cast off during molting.