Tail coverts


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(Zool.) the feathers which cover the bases of the tail quills. They are sometimes much longer than the quills, and form elegant plumes. Those above the quills are called the upper tail coverts, and those below, the under tail coverts.

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Adult females are greyish-brown on the back, with scattered reddish feathers dispersed on the rump and upper tail coverts.
The age of females that had not been banded as nestlings was estimated as follows: 1 yr old--back and most upper tail coverts brown, 2 yr old--tail coverts had a few brown and many grey feathers, and 2+ yr old--tail coverts were grey.