the plumage assumed by a male bird during the courtship period, especially in those species that are more colorful at this period.
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 nuptial plumage
First recorded in 1830–40
Also called breeding plumage.
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