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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The loss of retrices and remiges in turn can increase the risk of falling or abnormal flight, furthering the chance of continued trauma.
Woodpecker tail feathers, or retrices, are quite stiff (especially the middle two), much stiffer than those of a blue jay or robin.
Before release, all birds were marked with fingernail polish on the tarsus and retrices to prevent repeated sampling of the same bird within a short period.