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Contour feathers


  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Contour feathers (Zoöl) those feathers that form the general covering of a bird.
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In literature:

Under his beautiful feathers the bones project to spoil the contour of his round plump body.
"Ways of Wood Folk" by William J. Long
Compare the uses of the quill and contour feathers.
"Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Nature Study" by Ontario Ministry of Education
State and explain the peculiar position of the shaft of the primary feather; of that of a contour feather.
"A Guide for the Study of Animals" by Worrallo Whitney
These feathers occupy the position of the ultimate contour feathers.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 10, Slice 2" by Various
Primaries eleven; fifth secondary wanting; after shaft to contour feathers present.
"British Birds in their Haunts" by Rev. C. A. Johns
They are rather long, but are mostly hidden by the contour-feathers.
"Elementary Zoology, Second Edition" by Vernon L. Kellogg