Definition of secondary feather in US English:

secondary feather


  • Any of the flight feathers growing from the second joint of a bird's wing.

    • ‘The sides of the body are sometimes orange, with the primary and secondary feathers edged in lime green.’
    • ‘Bohemian Waxwings are sleek, masked birds with unusual red, waxy deposits at the tips of their secondary feathers.’
    • ‘Their long, narrow primary feathers and short secondary feathers allow for rapid flight and gliding.’
    • ‘Darwin described the secondary feathers of male Club-winged Manakins as an example of structural modifications for production of mechanical sounds.’
    • ‘Chicks hatch with well-developed primary and secondary feathers.’
    plume, quill
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