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.

Superb Blue Wrens

Superb Blue Wrens


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