filoplume


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fil·o·plume

 (fĭl′ə-plo͞om′, fī′lə-)
n.
A hairlike feather having few or no barbs, usually located between contour feathers.

[Latin fīlum, thread; see gwhī- in Indo-European roots + plume.]

filoplume

(ˈfɪləˌpluːm; ˈfaɪ-)
n
(Zoology) ornithol any of the hairlike feathers that lack vanes and occur between the contour feathers
[C19: from New Latin fīloplūma, from Latin fīlum thread + plūma feather]
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If a filoplume is out of order, making it very likely adjacent contour feathers are too, the bird knows it and will preen, using oil from a gland located at the base of the tail, to put the feathers back in order.
The normal pelican eye was found to have relative conjunctival hyperemia, absent filoplumes, iris color ranging from light blue to brown, and a subcircular vertically elongated pupil.
Caught prey can be felt by owls with the use of filoplumes - small hair-like feathers on the beak and feet that act as 'feelers'.