Eclipse Plumage

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Albinism In Birds - Eclipse Plumage
... Many ducks have bright, colourful plumage, exhibiting strong sexual dimorphism to attract the females ... However, they moult into a dull plumage after breeding in mid-summer ... drab, female-like appearance is called eclipse plumage ...
Common Teal - Description
... From a distance, the drakes in nuptial plumage appear grey, with a dark head, a yellowish behind, and a white stripe running along the flanks ... The center of the belly is white, and the rest of the body plumage is mostly white with thin and dense blackish vermiculations, appearing medium grey even at a short distance ... In non-breeding (eclipse) plumage, the drake looks more like the hen it is more uniform in colour, with a dark head and vestigial facial markings ...

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    Nations, like stars, are entitled to eclipse. All is well, provided the light returns and the eclipse does not become endless night. Dawn and resurrection are synonymous. The reappearance of the light is the same as the survival of the soul.
    Victor Hugo (1802–1885)