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wing coverts

noun, Ornithology
the feathers that cover the bases of the quill feathers in birds.
1805-15 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Dark adults: darker brown above, usually without white spots on wing coverts.
  • Adult males are gray above and white below with bright yellow fore crown and wing coverts.
  • In flight the dark outer wings contrast with light under wing coverts.
  • Bluish-grey and white markings on the wing coverts form obscure wing bars.
  • The wing coverts are brownish-gray with a green speculum.
  • The wing coverts have clear buffy edges and dark submarginal lines.

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