flight feather


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flight feather

n.
Any of the comparatively large, stiff feathers of a bird's wing or tail that are necessary for flight.

flight feather

n
(Zoology) any of the large stiff feathers that cover the wings and tail of a bird and are adapted for flying

flight′ feath`er


n.
one of the large stiff feathers of the wing and tail of a bird that are essential to flight.
[1725–35]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.flight feather - any of the larger wing or tail feathers of a birdflight feather - any of the larger wing or tail feathers of a bird
feather, plumage, plume - the light horny waterproof structure forming the external covering of birds
wing - a movable organ for flying (one of a pair)
primary feather, primary quill, primary - one of the main flight feathers projecting along the outer edge of a bird's wing
tail feather - feather growing from the tail (uropygium) of a bird
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TABLE 3--Multiple logistic regression parameters (B [+ or -] SE) resulting from three alternative models (sixth primary flight feather [P6] vertex angle, P6 modal score, and P6 mean score) for assigning loggerhead shrikes of uncertain sex to males or females, on the basis of genetically sexed individuals (n = 54).
If a large growing contour or flight feather is broken or damaged, it will bleed profusely.
We evaluated cloacal swab, vascular pulp of flight feather, and kidney and spleen pool samples from carcasses of members of the family Corvidae as sources of West Nile virus (WNV).
Flight feather has a long, stiff shaft that gives the feather extra strength
Data recorded for banded birds included: subspecies group identity, wing (chord) length, tail length, body mass, age, sex, fat score, body molt score, flight feather molt score, flight feather wear score, and skull ossification score (in fall).
Item JcUu-2:24 included approximately eight flight feathers (longest flight feather approximately 23 cm) clumped together with mud and dirt.
In vivo strains in pigeon flight feather shafts: implication for structural design.
5 for each 10-fold increase in mass, until 56 days are required to replace a single flight feather in a 10-kg bird.
I picked it up to inspect it and quickly realized, because of its extreme asymmetry and color, that it was a primary flight feather from a blue jay's right wing.
Every flight feather has two vanes, one on either side of the main stem.
Unlike most birds, ducks lose all of their flight feathers at once, rendering them flightless for a month or so.
To wing-clip a pigeon, extend a wing and clip off the ends of the longer flight feathers, which are the biggest feathers extending back.