I thought I'd show you a few photos, so you can get an idea of the process. In the first photo you can see a male that hasn't sta
|RrbR in eclipse plumage - completely brown|
Blue feathers appear around the beak first. Have a look at the cheeks of this moulting male.
|YYbw starting to moult|
|YYbw with a few more blue feathers on his face|
Then gradually the rest of the face fills in. Blue feathers appear on the top of the head as well as cheeks. The feathers still-to-be-moulted look scruffy.
|Face is blue, but the back of the head is still brown|
And finally the male is moulted, blue and ready to start displaying!
|Fully moulted blue male|