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Siberian Stonechat in eclipse or another bird?

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Old Monday 30th September 2019, 13:04   #1
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Question Siberian Stonechat in eclipse or another bird?

Yoichi River, Yoichi Hokkaido, Japan
Oct. 30, 2019. 2:00 pm.

Hi!
molting is a new round for me here in Japan.
Not sure if this Stonechat is eclipsing,
or a different bird I am not seeing the ID on.
help well appreciated! :)

Thanks! Jeff
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Old Monday 30th September 2019, 13:13   #2
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added ID photo

added extra photo for the ID,
as wasn't available in edit mode. :)
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Yes, Japanese Stonechat Saxicola (maura) stejnegeri IMO
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Definitely a Stonechat. The word eclipse when applied to avifauna, usually applies to male ducks, rather than passerines ( perching birds ) from my understanding of the term.
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The term eclipse is most often heard in relation to ducks, but also applies to a few other species such as sunbirds. It refers to a period when males moult from their bright breeding plumage into a more cryptic female-like plumage, usually for only a short period.

Stonechats don't have an eclipse plumage. This bird is a freshly-moulted male with paler tips to the feathers - over time these paler tips will wear away to reveal the brighter plumage beneath (the bright plumage appears by wear not from a body moult, so this would not count as an eclipse plumage).
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Valéry, PYRTLE, johnallcock,

Thank you so very much for the confirmation! :)
As well, i learned several new, fasinating things I didnt know before!

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