Definition of Flight feather

1. Noun. Any of the larger wing or tail feathers of a bird.

Exact synonyms: Pinion, Quill, Quill Feather
Generic synonyms: Feather, Plumage, Plume
Group relationships: Wing
Specialized synonyms: Primary, Primary Feather, Primary Quill, Tail Feather
Derivative terms: Pinion

Definition of Flight feather

1. Noun. (ornithology) Any asymmetrical feather of the wing or tail of a bird. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Flight Feather

flies the nest
flight attendant
flight attendants
flight blindness
flight ceiling
flight control
flight crew
flight data recorder
flight deck
flight engineer
flight feather (current term)
flight feathers
flight indicator
flight into disease
flight into health
flight level
flight lieutenant
flight line
flight lines
flight maneuver
flight mode
flight nurse
flight of fancy
flight of ideas
flight of stairs

Literary usage of Flight feather

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Shooting by Horatio Gordon Hutchinson (1903)
"... but in the partridges the first flight feather is in nearly all cases equal ... mostly have the first flight feather shorter than the tenth ; but as the ..."

2. The Bāz-nāma-yi Nāsirī: A Persian Treatise on Falconry by Husām al-Daulah Timūr ibn Husain ʻAlī, Mīrzā, Douglas Craven Phillott (1908)
"Thus, if it is the second flight-feather of a female goshawk that is plucked ... Now the flight-feather of a hawk is to be compared to the tooth of a man. ..."

3. A Hand-book to the Birds of Great Britain by Richard Bowdler Sharpe (1897)
"Immature examples of both sexes exhibit the characteristics of the adult, but may be recognised by having the first primary flight-feather pointed at the ..."

4. Handbook of Field Methods for Monitoring Landbirds edited by C. John Ralph (1999)
"flight feather molt—Use the codes described previously. • flight feather wear—Use the codes described previously. • Juvenal plumage—Record the extent of ..."

5. Bibliotheca Indica by Royal Asiatic Society of Bengal, Asiatick Society (Calcutta, India) (1908)
"1 Shuh-par, a " flight-feather " ; by some ... with one length of thread each flight-feather to the bastard wing. 3 fU^Le adj. and adv. ..."

6. A Gamekeeper's Note-book by Owen Jones, Marcus Woodward (1910)
"... feathers in the wings of woodcock—the tiny, stiff, pointed feathers, growing close against the base of the first flight feather's shaft in each wing. ..."

7. The Auk: Quarterly Journal of Ornithology by American Ornithologists' Union, Nuttall Ornithological Club (1876)
"... for the inner web of each flight feather is covered by the outer web of the preceding feather and only the distal ends of the coverts are exposed. ..."

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