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Subject: Staffelmauser
From: "Vicki PS" <>
Date: Sun, 25 Mar 2001 20:03:38 +1000
Well, according to my now rather aged Langenscheidt's dictionary, "mausen"
means moult, and "staffel" means step, degree or stage, so I'd say the broad
meaning of "staffelmauser" is that the bird moults in stages.  Whether the
term has a more precise, specific meaning in ornithology, I do not know,

Vicki PS

-----Original Message-----

>Hello birders,
>A couple of months ago a question on birding aus about the meaning of
>the term "zirkeln" brought the German / ornithological crowd out of the
>woodwork. Here's another one for them. What's the exact meaning of the
>term "staffelmauser"? It seems to have something to do with moulting in
>Tyto owls.
>Colin Scouler

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