Hainault Forest Website

Written and Designed by Brian Ecott

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Feathers

With thanks to Nicole Khan who supplied some of the feathers.

GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER. 

 From top:  Primary feather 9  (11cms), Primary feather 6 (13.5 cms)

and two Secondary feathers

JAY. 

Top two: Primary covert feather, and alula or thumb feather (4.2cms)

3rd Primary feather 8 (15.5 cms) With thanks to John Price.

Bottom two: Secondary feathers  3  (14.5 cms) & 4 (13.0cms)

GREEN WOODPECKER.

Primary feather 9  (11.8 cms) Top.

 Secondary feathers 1 (10 cms) middle two. 

The shafts are broken and shortened.

  Secondary feather 6 (10.5 cms)  

Secondary feather 8 (8.0 cms)

The outer edges have a golden-green colour.

 

WREN

Primary 9  (3.4 cms)

 

GOLDFINCH Secondary feather 3 (5 cms) above

GREENFINCH Tail feather 6 (6 cms)

below

MALLARD Secondary feathers  15th July 2013 

Six secondary feathers from one wing and two from the other. Underside of feathers are grey-brown. The leading edge of the upperside of the feather has a bluish sheen capped by a black band and the whole tipped white.

t BLUE TIT

Primaries inner web white. P6-8 outer web emarginated and white towards tip

P2  4.7cms

P6  5.7 cms

P7  5.5 cms

P8  5.3 cms

 

Secondaries tip white

outer web blue

 

S6  4.3 cms

S7  3.7 cms

S8  3.3 cms

 

Coverts 1.6 cms tipped white

 

Tail all 5.3 cms and blue

 

Other feathers tipped yellow ? breast.

 

 

 

LESSER BLACK BACK GULL

Primary feather 5 (24.5 cms)

 

BLACK-HEADED GULL

Primary feather 8 (23.5 cms)

 

 

BARN OWL

Primary feather 8   (23 cms)

 

 

WOODPIGEON  Tail feather 4 (18.0 cms) above. 

FERAL PIGEON Tail feather 5 (12.5 cms) below

 

HOUSE SPARROW

Primary feather (6 cms) top..

Rest are Secondary feathers  (all 5 cms)

 

TAWNY OWL.  Left: Close up of feather showing furry upper surface which muffles the sound of flight,  a characteristic of owls.

Right: Primary feathers (22 and 21 cms).

 

SONG THRUSH 

Primary feather 7 (10 cms) top.  Primary feather ?5 (9 cms) middle.

  Secondary feather  (7cms) bottom.

 

LITTLE OWL. Secondary feather. (10 cms). above

 

PHEASANT 

Top: Primary feather 7(21 cms)

Below top: Male alula (7cms)

Middle left: Breast (6.5 cms)  Middle right: Shoulder (11 cms)

Bottom: Secondary  feather (17 cms)

 

 

MAGPIE

 

Outer edges are glossy-blue.

Primary feather 6 (16.8cms) Top.

 

Secondary feather 2 (14.0 cms)  and Secondary covert (4 cms)  Middle.

 

Secondary feather 6 (13.5 cms) Lower middle

 

Secondary feather 10 (7 cms) Bottom

 

   MAGPIE Tail feather 2 (20.5 cms) and Tail feather 4 (17.5 com)

 MAGPIE WING showing the Primary and Secondary feathers and the coverts. The alula is the rudimentary thumb and has three feathers

Photo: Brian Ecott. 26th Jan 2008

Identification using "Tracks and Signs of the birds of Britain and Europe" by Roy Brown, John Ferguson, Michael Lawrence and David Lees. 2003. Christopher Helm, London.