Types of feathers

Types of feathers

The animation demonstrates the most important types of feathers and their fine structure.

Biology

Keywords

feather, feather type, plumage, bird feather type, bird, down feather, pigeon, rachis, vaned feather, flight feather, rectrix, contour feather, calamus, insulation, beak, crop, animal, vertebrates, biology

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  • - The forelimbs of birds used in flying. The average flying speed of pigeons is about 30 km/h (18.64 mph) but carrier pigeons can reach twice this speed.
  • - An enlargement of a bird's esophagus in which food is stored and partially digested. Pigeons produce crop milk from the secretion of the crop and the food stored there, which is a nutrient for young birds.
  • - It is composed of rectices. It is used as a rudder, helping the bird to steer and maneuver in flight.

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