retrices


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retrices

the very long contour feathers coming from the side of the tail. These are the longest feathers of all in the domestic fowl.
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37) All new growing feathers were abnormal, the coverts had stress marks, and the primary feathers and retrices were abnormally short.
Overall the female's plumage was: head brownish gray (rather than green as sometimes illustrated), bordered by a band of emerald around the upper breast, neck and back; mid-breast brownish gray like the head, contrasting with ruby lower belly; undersides of retrices black with thin white bands on lower half of outer web, one white band on inner web, and thin white terminal band.
They are mostly scansorial with specialized retrices that allow them to climb tree-trunks where they glean, probe, or sally for arthropods (Fjeldsa et al.