contour feather


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contour feather

n.
Any of the outermost feathers of a bird, forming the visible body contour and plumage.

contour feather

n
(Zoology) any of the feathers that cover the body of an adult bird, apart from the wings and tail, and determine its shape

con′tour feath`er


n.
one of the feathers that form the surface plumage of a bird including those of the wings and tail.
[1865–70]
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Noun1.contour feather - feathers covering the body of an adult bird and determining its shapecontour feather - feathers covering the body of an adult bird and determining its shape
feather, plumage, plume - the light horny waterproof structure forming the external covering of birds
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We extracted and amplified DNA from contour feather calami according to the techniques of Jensen et al.
I can see his tongue, a pointed, triangular affair, working the plumes into the svelte vanes that form each contour feather .
At 27 days, contour feathers were growing in the nape and rump.
The semiplumes were fully developed by day 20-23 but were covered over by the emerging contour feathers by day 28.
We collected 3-5 contour feathers, plucked from the body, and 2 sets of oropharyngeal and cloacal swabs from each duck at 24-hour intervals from days 2 through 10 postinoculation (pi).
Body or contour feathers cover down feathers to provide a smooth and waterproof surface.
The specimens from Liaoning show evidence that Confuciusornis had feathers along its leg, making this the earliest record of contour feathers, as distinct from flight feathers.
2010) found no difference in the strength variables they measured between rufous and gray contour feathers of Eastern Screech-Owls.
12) In described cases of eagles with this syndrome, all remiges and retrices are malformed, (9,13) and contour feathers are sometimes malformed to varying degrees as well.