A genetic or seasonal variation in the color of the skin, pelt, or feathers of an animal.
- The third color phase occurs during the first pelage of young wolves.
- The Ferruginous Hawk has a light and a dark color phase.
- Now that we know that such bears can be found, it means we are probably looking at a new color phase or subspecies, which is important to document - or possibly a new species of bear, which would be a major biological discovery.
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