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flight feather

[′flīt ‚feth·ər]
(vertebrate zoology)
Any of the long contour feathers on the wing of a bird. Also known as remex.
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In adults (AHY/ASY), these features included, but were not limited to, the presence of uniformly glossy-black wing coverts and flight feathers, relatively darker tertials (but without distinct contrasts between adjacent feathers), and relatively fresh, broad, and truncate outer primaries with white tips.
At necropsy each bird was examined for wing flight feathers (remiges) and tail flight feathers (retrices) that contained vascular pulp.
In the spring, Yellow-rumped Warblers undergo a prealternate (pre-breeding) molt, which includes the majority of body feather tracts and greater and middle secondary wing coverts, but no flight feathers (remiges and rectrices) (Hubbard 1980; Hunt and Flaspohler 1998).
Functional morphology of the vanes of the flight feathers of the pigeon Columba livia.
Small birds accomplish this in an annual or twice-annual molt, during which the 9 or 10 primary flight feathers are replaced sequentially, taking about three weeks for each feather.
The last feather I found that day was a crow flight feather, in remarkably good shape with little abrasion.
Ancient Murrelets might be expected to molt flight feathers while rearing young because foraging may be more efficient when flightless (Livezey 1988; but see Bridge 2004).
The plumage of your breast and abdomen are powder bluewhile your wings, flight feathers, and tail feathers grade cobalt toturquoise.
Waterbirds are the greatest travellers as they follow the rains, but differing flight styles and their implications are discussed as is the need to moult flight feathers where different modes have evolved to suit different lifestyles.
From the delicate down feathers that keep birds warm to the sturdy flight feathers that allow birds to soar, these marvelous structures are something to admire.
It has a brown upper belly and contrasting grey flight feathers.
He'd been caught in a snare but whoever freed him badly damaged his flight feathers, leaving him grounded and vulnerable.