Differential Development of Breeding Plumage in Adult and Second-Year Male Ruffs Philomachus pugnax

@inproceedings{Karlionova2008DifferentialDO,
  title={Differential Development of Breeding Plumage in Adult and Second-Year Male Ruffs Philomachus pugnax},
  author={Natalia Karlionova and W. Meissner and Pavel Pinchuk},
  year={2008}
}
We studied the development of breeding plumage in 641 Ruff Philomachus pugnax males during spring in 2004–2006 in southern Belarus with special emphasis on the growth rate of ruff and tuft feathers, which are the most colourful and spectacular parts of the male plumage. During northward migration, male Ruffs arriving in the end of March or early April showed a mixture of winter and striped feathers. The first adults with fully developed breeding plumage were recorded in the last 10 days of… CONTINUE READING
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