Eclipse is a concept we associate with the sky, celestial bodies and perhaps Pink Floyd. Keep that at the back of your head. Taking off tangentially from there, among humans we have cross-dressing men and women — not transsexuals or transgenders but plain, honest-to-god transvestites. Those who dress like the opposite sex for reasons of their own.
In the realm of birds, especially species that exhibit sexual dimorphism — in which the male and female of the species are clearly identifiable by their physical features — male birds (which typically have ornamental plumage) may undergo a phase where they moult between breeding and non-breeding plumages. This is common among ducks. But any newbie birder who has seen the male purple sunbird — in breeding plumage, a shimmering jewel of iridiscent, glitter-spangled purple – can be forgiven for imagining the male in eclipse plumage to be an entirely new species.
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