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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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When the winter light turns to grey, even the brightest plumaged wildfowl lose their colour, so it took a dashing merlin to brighten upmy day as it sped past me on Banks Marsh.
BRIGHTLY PLUMAGED BIRDS, delicate butterflies, playful prairie dogs, majestic elk, and curious toads share nature's bounty along the U.
The Audubon Society began honorably as a justified reaction to 19th-century market hunting, which was satisfying ladies' fashion demands for fancy hat feathers, largely from herons, egrets and other beautifully plumaged wild birds.
A breeding plumaged curlew sandpiper was a nice surprise here at Conwy RSPB reserve, in the company of two sanderlings and a knot.
A breeding plumaged spotted redshank, jet-black with tiny white spots, fed in a small pool with teal.
An unseasonal breeding plumaged Golden Plover was at Dinas Dinlle,normally a winter haunt for this upland breeder.
We also marked 783 adult plumaged birds that had a webtag (428 females and 355 males) with individually coded plastic neckbands.
It's barely bigger than our Goldcrest and is best identified by its wag tail -like call from the very similar plumaged Yellow Browed Warbler, rather more regular in the UK.