Some articles on feathers, flight feathers, flight:
... While the first specimen of Anchiornis preserved only faint traces of feathers around the preserved portion of the body, the well-preserved second specimen showed ... such as Microraptor, Anchiornis had large wings, made up of pennaceous flight feathers attached to the arm and hand (as in modern birds) as well as flight ... The forewing of Anchiornis was composed of 11 primary feathers and 10 secondary feathers ...
... were most notable for their well-developed flight feathers ... They were markedly asymmetrical and showed the structure of flight feathers in modern birds, with vanes given stability by a barb-barbule-barbicel arrangement ... The tail feathers were less asymmetrical, again in line with the situation in modern birds and also had firm vanes ...
... Flight feathers are the long, stiff, asymmetrically shaped, but symmetrically paired feathers on the wings or tail of a bird those on the wings are called remiges (singular remex) while those on the tail are called ... is to aid in the generation of both thrust and lift, thereby enabling flight ... The flight feathers of some birds have evolved to perform additional functions, generally associated with territorial displays, courtship rituals or feeding methods ...
... The primary flight feathers are blackish and the secondaries off-white, both barred with black ... The flight feathers from below are white, tipped with black to form a dark trailing edge to the wing ... There is a melanistic form of Augur Buzzard, all black, except for grey and black-barred flight feathers and a chestnut tail ...
Famous quotes containing the words feathers and/or flight:
“Were she to lose her love, because she had lost
Her confidence in mine, or even lose
Its first simplicity, love, voice and all,
All my fine feathers would be plucked away
And I left shivering.”
—William Butler Yeats (18651939)
“What a cunning mixture of sentiment, pity, tenderness, irony surrounds adolescence, what knowing watchfulness! Young birds on their first flight are hardly so hovered around.”
—Georges Bernanos (18881948)