Plain dress

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Birds with saisondimorphen clothes (many types such. As the ducks , sandpipers , gulls and passerines ) carry outside the breeding season a plumage, also resting or winter dress called.

It is obtained by moulting and is usually less conspicuous and not as colorful as the magnificent dress . The differences between the two dresses can range from minor to very pronounced.

Some bird species are difficult to identify in the plain dress because they lack characteristic features. The gender dimorphism can also be significantly lower in the plain dress. Many male birds then have plumage that resembles that of the better camouflaged females.


  • Wolf-Dieter Busching: Handbook of the plumage of European birds. AULA-Verlag, Wiesbaden 1997, ISBN 3-89104-570-0 .