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plumage

(plo͞o′mĭj)
n.
The covering of feathers on a bird.

plum′aged adj.

plumage

the feather coat of a bird for one molt.
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Birds of paradise, with their super-black plumage, increase the brilliance of adjacent colors to our eyes, just as we perceive the red even though the apple is in the shade.
Golden pheasant factfile | |The golden pheasant - Latin name Chrysolophus pictus - was introduced from China about 100 years ago | In China, the bird is considered to be a sign of good luck and prosperity | The male is brightly coloured with a yellow crown and lower back, dark wings and upper neck, red underparts and long finely barred tail while the female has mottled brown plumage and a pale brown face, throat, breasts and sides | The bird's diet includes berries, grubs, seeds and buds | The UK has between 50 and 100 breeding pairs with the female laying a clutch of about eight to 12 eggs in April
The qualitative traits included plumage color, shank color, beak color, eye color, wattle size, earlobe size and comb type as described by Cabarles et al.
Galvan says, "Knowing beforehand that different pigments and structures produce different types of colors in feathers, we examined the appearance of the plumage of all species of extant birds and determined if the color patches that they contain are produced by melanins or by other pigmentary elements.
At various times after landing on the lawn, 7 to 8 crows paused while pecking at the lawn, settled in the grass (in both green and dry patches), and pressed their partially spread wings, tails, and ruffled belly plumage to the ground, apparently anting.
They differ in plumage coloration and biometric variables (Cramp and Perrins, 1993; Lefranc and Worfolk, 1997; Panov, 2011).
However, a better understanding of plumage color genetics is necessary, due to the importance of obtaining homogeneous plumage color phenotypes.
Bright epaulets on glossy black plumage or shimmering iridescence often gives distinctive looks to males.
In addition to striking plumage, the Dorking has remarkably short legs and five toes instead of the four more prevalent among chickens.
The unconventional colouring of Ken's Great Spotted Woodpecker is said to be down to an abnormality in its plumage.
But something seems to have gone awry with their young, as two juveniles sport the unusual yellow plumage while out and about on tentative flights in North Shields.