the dull plumage developed in some brightly colored birds after the breeding season.
Which Came First: Turkey The Bird, Or Turkey The Nation?The republic of Turkey (look north of Egypt, east of Greece) isn't exactly a breeding ground for the bird that Americans associate with Thanksgiving. In fact, the turkey is native to North America ... so, why do they share the same name?
Origin of eclipse plumage
First recorded in 1905–10
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British Dictionary definitions for 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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