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Bird Vocabulary Terms. Natalie Phelps

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altricial
An animal that is helpless at hatching or birth.
alula
a retractable group of feathers on the front of a bird's wing that aids maneuvering and helps prevent stalling
Aves
Warm blooded; amniotic egg; wings; feathers; hollow bones; 4-chambered heart; bird
clutch
Eggs laid by a hen on consecutive days
contour feathers
Feathers with hooked and smooth barbules, allowing the barbules to interlock
down feathers
Feathers with smooth barbules but no hooked barbules
endothermic
(of a chemical reaction or compound) occurring or formed with absorption of heat
filoplume feathers
Type of plumulaceous feather that functions in sensory and signaling
furcula
fused clavicles (wishbone) found in many theropod dinosaurs, including living birds
Galloanserae
superorder of birds characterized by unique articulation of pterygoid and parasphenoid bones
migration
A movement from one country or region to another
molting
Process in which an arthropod sheds its exoskeleton and manufactures a larger one to take its place
monogamous
The need for intense parental care of offspring favors mating systems that are
Neognathae
Birds with cranial kinesis, large keels to support flight muscles, includes some flightless birds
Neoaves
non passerines, passerines
non passerines, passerines
Palaeognathea
Bird
parabronchi
The sites of gas exchange in bird lungs. They allow air to flow past the respiratory surface in just one direction.
polyandrous
Refers to a social group that includes one reproductively active female, several adult males, and their offspring.
precocial
Offspring that can walk, run, swim, and feed themselves at hatching
pygostyle
terminal fused vertebrate of the spine, supports the tail feather
synsacrum
Fusion of the pelvic girdle and vertebral column

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