contour feather

noun Ornithology.
one of the feathers that form the surface plumage of a bird, including those of the wings and tail but excluding such specialized types as downs and filoplumes.

Origin:
1865–70

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contour feather
 
n
any of the feathers that cover the body of an adult bird, apart from the wings and tail, and determine its shape

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They have flight feathers, which are a type of contour feather.
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