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plumage

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

plum′aged adj.
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The gay plumage, shorn from the crests, drifted upon the breeze like snow-flakes.
He ordered some nets to be prepared and painted of the same colours as the bird's plumage, thinking that we are all easily caught by what is like ourselves.
While she curiously examined its hereditary marks,--the peculiar speckle of its plumage, the funny tuft on its head, and a knob on each of its legs,--the little biped, as she insisted, kept giving her a sagacious wink.
The two owls, the swallow, all three species of mocking-thrush, the dove in its separate colours though not in its whole plumage, the Totanus, and the gull, are likewise duskier coloured than their analogous species; and in the case of the mocking- thrush and Totanus, than any other species of the two genera.
It was one of her "beauty days." Happiness, excitement, the color of the green dress, and the touch of lovely pink in the coral necklace had transformed the little brown wren for the time into a bird of plumage, and Adam Ladd watched her with evident satisfaction.
To see you come tripping along decked out in all your gay plumage and trolling forth a roundelay, one would think you had not a care in all the world.
That piratical-looking fellow, appropriately named the man-of-war's-hawk, with his blood-red bill and raven plumage, would come sweeping round us in gradually diminishing circles, till you could distinctly mark the strange flashings of his eye; and then, as if satisfied with his observation, would sail up into the air and disappear from the view.
Adirondack woodpeckers in unusual plumages. Kingbird 33:165-166.
For instance, the bright-red paint used to depict flowers and birds' plumages was a common pigment from that era called cinnabar.
As long as you are familiar with the common species in all their various plumages the rare ones should stand out easy enough.
Flight poses are followed by nearly every permutation of age and plumage; many plumages are identified by the months in which they occur.
Always tense and alert, his figures sport exotic plumages that advertise sexual availability.