neossoptile

neossoptile

[‚nē·ə′säp·təl]
(vertebrate zoology)
A downy feather on most newly hatched birds.
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(1999) studied seven genera using protein eletrophoresis, palate markings of nestlings, neossoptile distribution, bill shape, and six behavioral characters; they split Lonchura into two genera, lumped Padda into one of these, and moved Amadina from Lonchurini to Estrildini.