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February 24, 2014

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Beth P

Years ago I worked with imported birds in Florida and was astounded to find out that when its not breeding season these guys look JUST like females! Quite a surprise in the spring when we had paired them off on looks the previoius year LOL.... some of them turned out to be pairs of boys.

Ellen

But how can that be?? The boys are black and the girls are brown!

Beth P

They molt twice a year... the males molt into "female" plumage when breeding season ends and molt back into the "male" plumage when it begins again. :)

Beth P

They call it Nuptial Plumage

"During prenuptial moulting, prior to the breeding season, the males replace their non-breeding feathers"

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