filoplume


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Related to filoplume: Semiplume, filoplume feather

filoplume

[′fil·ə‚plüm]
(vertebrate zoology)
A specialized feather that may be decorative, sensory, or both; it is always associated with papillae of contour feathers.
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Filoplumes are small, hair-like feathers with barbs along the shaft that help guide the bird in flight and reposition the feathers.
Birds also possess filoplumes, feathers with a unique function.
Filoplumes are simple, hairlike structures closely associated with contour feathers and semiplumes.