Meaning of tail covert in English:

tail covert


  • (in a bird's tail) each of the smaller feathers covering the bases of the main feathers.

    ‘We captured 30 males on 10 April 1997 at the start of the breeding season when males were regularly seen displaying their upper tail coverts.’
    • ‘Many species have bright colors on their rump, wings and upper tail coverts that can be covered by their wings while they are on the ground foraging.’
    • ‘The flight feathers are black, and the upper tail coverts and rump area are cobalt blue.’
    plume, quill