Secondary coverts

Related to Secondary coverts: obtuseness, Primary feathers
(Zool.) the longer coverts which overlie the basal part of the secondary quills of a bird. See Illust. under Bird.

See also: Secondary

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How to Trim Primary Flight Feathers 6-10 (Viewed from Above) secondary coverts S S S S S S S S S S 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 X X X X X X X X X X primary coverts 1/4" 1/4" 1/4" 1/4" 1/4" P P P P P P P P P P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 X X X X X X X X X X secondary flight feathers (S 01-10) X = no trim
State 2 describes a first fall molt that replaces the head, neck, and body feathers, some upper secondary coverts, and sometimes the central tail feathers; state 5 describes a similar molt, but one that includes some primaries and secondaries as well.
2, head, neck, body, some upper secondary coverts, and sometimes the central tail feathers.
Individuals with the most restricted first-fall molt exchange head, neck, body, and some upper secondary coverts.
5, head, neck, body, some upper secondary coverts, some tail feathers, some primaries, and some secondaries.
3, head, neck, body, often some upper secondary coverts, and often central tail feathers.
4, at its maximum extent, head, neck, body, some upper secondary coverts, and central tail feathers; reduced or absent in some individuals.