sickle feather


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sickle feather

n.
Any of the long curving feathers in the tail of a rooster.

sickle feather

n
(Zoology) (often plural) any of the elongated tail feathers of certain birds, esp the domestic cock
[C17: so called because of its shape]
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Noun1.sickle feather - one of the long curved tail feathers of a rooster
tail feather - feather growing from the tail (uropygium) of a bird
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hands me a sickle feather. She tells me to rid the rooster of his
In the case of this beautiful rooster, we can tell he is a "he" because of the curved and pointed sickle feathers in his tail.
The cocks have a proud carriage, full neck, and saddle hackle, and full tails, with well-curved sickle feathers. The hens are domestic and active.