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CONTOUR FEATHER [1 record]

Record 1 2010-08-24

English

Subject field(s)
  • Birds
  • Animal Biology
DEF

pennae: The larger feathers of birds, i.e. quills and contour feathers as distinct from "plumulae" or down-feathers ...

CONT

Most of the superficial or viewable outer feathers on adult birds are contour feathers (pennae; sing. penna), which have a stiff shaft (rachis) and a complete inner and outer vane, and are moved by a series of muscles attached to the feather follicle walls.

Key term(s)
  • pennae

French

Domaine(s)
  • Oiseaux
  • Biologie animale
DEF

Nom donné aux plumes des ailes (rémiges) et de la queue (rectrices) des oiseaux qui sont longues et résistantes, et au moyen desquelles se fait le vol.

Key term(s)
  • pennes

Spanish

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