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contour feather click to hear : contour feather

Large rigid feather of the wings and tail enabling flight.
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inferior umbilicus superior umbilicus barb rachis calamus afterfeather vane

inferior umbilicus click to hear : inferior umbilicus

Opening of the shaft located at the lower portion of the calamus; it is implanted in the skin.

superior umbilicus click to hear : superior umbilicus

Opening of the shaft located at the juncture of the calamus and the rachis.

barb click to hear : barb

Each of the self-adhering filaments implanted on each side of the rachis.

rachis click to hear : rachis

Solid corneous upper portion of the shaft of the contour feather; it is an extension of the calamus and the barbs are attached to it.

calamus click to hear : calamus

Hollow corneous anterior portion of the shaft of the contour feather extending through the rachis.

afterfeather click to hear : afterfeather

Small soft light feathers usually located at the base of the main feathers on the abdomen; they help to insulate the body.

vane click to hear : vane

All the interconnected barbs on the same side of the rachis forming a waterproof surface.