contour feathers

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contour feathers

the vaned feathers possessing barbules that chiefly cover the body of a bird and give it a streamlined form. Those which extend beyond the body on the wings and serve for flight are termed flight feathers.
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Once the avian group is determined from the microstrucutre, species identifications can then be made if adequate pennaceous feathers are available to match with museum collections of voucher specimens.
It is not possible to determine species-level identification for "white-headed" gulls in this case from the microstructure alone because there were no diagnostic whole or partial pennaceous feathers of gulls in this sample for museum specimen comparison.