How to describe a bird’s wing?

Here are 9 basic terms to use when describing a bird’s wing:

  • Primary feathers
  • Secondary feathers
  • Tertial feathers
  • Primary coverts
  • Lesser secondary coverts
  • Median secondary coverts
  • Greater secondary coverts
  • Alula
  • Scapular feathers

Thank you to John Muir Laws for his book “The Laws Guide to Drawing Birds” in which I found and copied these 2 drawings of a bird’s wing.

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