The female in first nuptial plumage “shows a little yellow assumed by a limited prenuptial moult.”
In 1946, Morrison obtained plover in nuptial plumage at Bikini on May 3.
Young birds in first nuptial plumage can be recognized by the worn and faded wings and tail.
He has not yet, moreover, attained the fullest beauty of his nuptial plumage.
Eclipse plumage of adult male resembles the nuptial plumage.
The nuptial plumage is apparently assumed by wear and fading, the reddish-brown and yellowish colors becoming much duller.
In the latter month most of the birds seen were in nuptial plumage.
Young males in the first nuptial plumage may be recognized by the worn and faded wings and tail.
I have seen a number of birds in what I call the first nuptial plumage migrating northward; they may breed in this plumage.
The nuptial plumage is acquired mainly, if not entirely, by wear, the edgings wearing away and the colors becoming brighter.