plumage

If you like the looks of the color and pattern formed by a bird’s feathers, then you like its plumage.

The word plumage traces back to the French word plume, meaning feather, and it’s a way of referring to all the feathers that form the color and patterns of a particular bird. For example, birdwatchers study illustrations of birds so that they can recognize, say, a golden hawk in flight by its plumage.

Definitions of plumage
  1. noun
    the light horny waterproof structure forming the external covering of birds
    synonyms: feather, plume
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    down, down feather
    soft fine feathers
    aftershaft
    a supplementary feather (usually small) on the underside of the base of the shaft of some feathers in some birds
    contour feather
    feathers covering the body of an adult bird and determining its shape
    alula, bastard wing, spurious wing
    tuft of small stiff feathers on the first digit of a bird's wing
    marabou
    the downy feathers of marabou storks are used for trimming garments
    hackle
    long slender feather on the necks of e.g. turkeys and pheasants
    flight feather, pinion, quill, quill feather
    any of the larger wing or tail feathers of a bird
    scapular
    a feather covering the shoulder of a bird
    duck down
    down of the duck
    goose down
    down of the goose
    swan's down
    down of the swan
    plumule
    down feather of young birds; persists in some adult birds
    saddle feather, saddle hackle
    a long narrow feather on the back (saddle) of a domestic fowl
    primary, primary feather, primary quill
    one of the main flight feathers projecting along the outer edge of a bird's wing
    tail feather
    feather growing from the tail (uropygium) of a bird
    type of:
    body covering
    any covering for the body or a body part
    animal material
    material derived from animals
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