Bird Word: Eclipse Plumage
- Eclipse Plumage: for some months after breeding some species, for example, some male ducks and male wrens, take on a duller plumage colour before resuming their normal plumage.
The male wren in the photo below is certainly NOT in eclipse plumage. He is in full breeding plumage. I show this photo because I do not yet have one taken of the male in eclipse plumage. The female, shown on the left, is confusingly like the male when he is in his eclipse moult.