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  • noun

Synonyms for flight feather

any of the larger wing or tail feathers of a bird

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In adults (AHY/ASY), these features included, but were not limited to, the presence of uniformly glossy-black wing coverts and flight feathers, relatively darker tertials (but without distinct contrasts between adjacent feathers), and relatively fresh, broad, and truncate outer primaries with white tips.
Owl centre director Craig Wesson said: "When he was brought in, his flight feathers down one wing were missing - they were right down to the base.
The adult is mainly brown except for the paler head and neck, blackish flight feathers, distinctive white tail, and yellow bill and legs.
We have a lovely magpie, Frederica, rescued from a trap that had cut her flight feathers off one wing.
We don't know what sort of bird it is; at first we took it to be a baby magpie but now that it's a little older - it patently isn't; it's the size of a jackdaw but has a huge beak like a crow and it makes a noise like a crow but it has white flight feathers.
It is best to clip both wings, leaving just a few of the primary flight feathers at the end for a better cosmetic result.
Trimming the primary flight feathers on one wing will keep them from flying away, although domestic birds may willingly stay in the comfortable surroundings you provide.
The Four-Winged Dinosaur: Microraptors and the Bird Origin Debate is the DVD rendition of an episode from the public television series NOVA, detailing the discovery of and scientific experiments surrounding fossils of an amazing, recently discovered dinosaur species microraptor, a small dinosaur with flight feathers on all four of its limbs
Called quill knobs, the bumps reveal where bone-connecting tissue (called ligaments) attaches major flight feathers to the bone.
Jonathan said: "He was aggressive because of the way he'd been treated and all the flight feathers in his wings and his tail feathers were snapped.
Its larger flight feathers had also been ripped out.
We describe the results of WNV isolation attempts from cloacal swabs, kidney and spleen pools, and the flight feathers containing vascular pulp (6) of dead American Crows (Corvus brachyrhynchos) and Blue Jays (Cyanocitta cristata) that were found in the field and suspected of being WNV infected.
The only tools of his trade are a well-used dart with ruffled flight feathers, and the newspaper's share page.
For this test, 5-inch True Flight feathers were used to fletch arrow #1, 5-inch Bohning vanes arrow #2.
One of the birds had been attacked by a cat, causing damage to its flight feathers.