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plumage (of a bird)

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  • plumage — ► NOUN ▪ a bird s feathers. ORIGIN Old French, from plume feather …   English terms dictionary

  • Bird ichnology — is the study of avian life traces in ornithology and paleontology. Such life traces can include footprints, nests, feces and coproliths. Scientists gain insight about the behavior and diversity of birds by studying such evidence.Ichnofossils (or… …   Wikipedia

  • Bird vocalization — Bird song redirects here. For other uses, see Birdsong (disambiguation). A male Blackbird (Turdus merula) singing. Bogense havn, Funen, Denmark.   …   Wikipedia

  • Bird conservation — is a field in the science of conservation biology related to threatened birds. Humans have had a profound effect on many bird species. Over one hundred species have gone extinct in historical times, although the most dramatic human caused… …   Wikipedia

  • Bird intelligence — deals with the definition of intelligence and its measurement as it applies to birds. Traditionally, birds have been considered inferior in intelligence to mammals, and derogatory terms such as bird brains have been used colloquially in some… …   Wikipedia

  • Plumage — Plum age (pl[=u]m [asl]j), n. [F., from plume a feather.] (Zo[ o]l.) The entire clothing of a bird. [1913 Webster] Note: It consist of the contour feathers, or the ordinary feathers covering the head, neck, and body; the tail feathers, with their …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bird-of-par|a|dise — bird of paradise, a bird of New Guinea noted for its magnificent plumage. bird of par|a|dise «BURD uhv PAR uh dys», noun. a small plant of South Africa with orange and blue flowers and banana shaped leaves, somewhat resembling birds of paradise… …   Useful english dictionary

  • bird of paradise — ► NOUN (pl. birds of paradise) ▪ a tropical bird, the male of which is noted for the brilliance of its plumage and its spectacular courtship display …   English terms dictionary

  • plumage — [plo͞o′mij] n. [ME < MFr < plume, feather: see PLUME] a bird s feathers, collectively …   English World dictionary

  • bird — birdless, adj. /berrd/, n. 1. any warm blooded vertebrate of the class Aves, having a body covered with feathers, forelimbs modified into wings, scaly legs, a beak, and no teeth, and bearing young in a hard shelled egg. 2. a fowl or game bird. 3 …   Universalium

  • Bird — /berrd/, n. Larry, born 1956, U.S. basketball player. * * * I Any of the warm blooded, beaked vertebrates of the class Aves, including more than 9,600 living species. A covering of feathers distinguishes birds from all other animals. Birds have a …   Universalium

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