Flight feathers

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(Zool.) the wing feathers of a bird, including the quills, coverts, and bastard wing. See Bird.

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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.
Surprisingly, an earlier discovery of enantiornithes feathers encased in amber showed that the ancient ones had a similar structure with the flight feathers of modern birds.
If you clip your chicken's flight feathers to keep them in your yard, you will need to do it again after they molt.
They can be identified from their black flight feathers and their red wing coverts.
Ancient Murrelets have been suspected of molting flight feathers synchronously, thus becoming temporarily flightless at sea (Gaston 1992, 1994; Pyle 2009), but whether the timing of molt and chick rearing overlap has not been confirmed.
It was observed that the flight feathers on an owl's wing have a downy covering, which resembles a forest canopy when viewed from above.
I coax your flight feathers, cascadethem open, see the gradient of the cobalt coverts to your turquoiseflight feathers.
Although it has damage to its flight feathers, there doesn't appear to be any broken bones and I am hopeful it will make a full recovery.
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.
Collister and Wicklum (1996) found that the distal extent of white color on the primary flight feathers, tail length, and bill depth contributed the most to discrimination between sexes in their sample of loggerhead shrikes on the Canadian prairies.