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Songbird question (no pictures)

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Some time ago, one of you expert birdwatchers (Jonny?) mentioned that songbirds have a very fine feather/hair on the back of their head. Could someone please refresh my aging memory??? I actually can see it in a few photos of white throated sparrows and chickadees from this weekend & I'd love to know the proper name for it again.

Thanks!

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Filoplumes, (I think that's what you might be referring to anyway smile

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Yuppers filoplumes!...the hairlike feathers have something to do with a"sensory thing"... for feather placement during flight and preening kinda thing...birds apparently need every feather in place to function grin

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Thanks very much - I'll file that little tidbit away, and hope I can remember it for more than a week! smilesmile

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