Odd Pied Monarch plumage

To: Phil Gregory <>, Russell Woodford <>
Subject: Odd Pied Monarch plumage
From: martin cachard <>
Date: Mon, 1 Feb 2021 00:20:39 +0000

I have commented on the facebook page, but it is an immature bird moulting into its adult plumage: the brown flight and tail feathers are retained juvenile and some have already dropped to be replaced by the black adult feathers…

I hope that helps…



Martin Cachard

Cairns, FNQ


From: Birding-Aus <> On Behalf Of Phil Gregory
Sent: Thursday, 14 January 2021 7:12 AM
To: Russell Woodford <>
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Subject: Re: [Birding-Aus] Odd Pied Monarch plumage


I’d assume it is some sort of retained or worn and maybe immature plumage, certainly very odd


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On 13 Jan 2021, at 10:04 PM, Russell Woodford <> wrote:


I got my first sighting of a Plumed Monarch at Lake Eacham a few days ago. Alan Gillanders saw the photos and suggested I post them to see what people think about the rufous or worn plumage on the wings / tail.

You can see the images on Birding-Aus Facebook page:

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