Birds wen they AGE, they become PLUM(P) and shed off their feathers :/
think: plummet, because plumage is damaged.
Plum can remembered as slum.So near slum feathers of young birds are spread.
plumage~plu (flu) + mage (rummage); if bird's flu is detected then there is a rummage in the entire city to search the brids..perhaps by fallen feathers of birds ! make ur story !
its a weak connection but may work imagine plum cake,below each cake there is a feather like coating..
plumage sounds like plymage, in turn fly-image - a plumage is the feathers of a wing, which gives the image of flying.
PLUMAGE = BLOOM-age...PLUMAGE is to a bird as a BLOOMing flower is to a plant.
u might have seen aged ants and beetle which gets feather and become plum when they grow old(aged).
When a plum ages, it loses its hair.