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Gross Studies on Wing Flight Feathers of Small Indian Kite (Milvus Migrans Govinda)

Aarti Sharma; Subhash C Dubal.

Abstract
The study was conducted on the wings of six adult kites (Milvus migrans govinda) irrespective of sex. Males and females have the same plumage but females are longer than males six kites were collected from the cadavers presented to the Bodakdev (Wildlife Care Center) and Namo Namah Parivar, Ahmedabad. In the present study the primary feathers were 10 in number, which attached to the manus (carpometacarpus and digits) and appeared as finger due to their structure. The secondary feathers were variable in number according to length of the wing, in Milvus migrans govinda the numbers of secondary feathers were 12 to15, which attached to the ulna. The numbers of alula were 2 to 3, which attach with first digit. The observations of present study conclude the type of flight (soaring and gliding) and type of bird (bird of prey).

Key words: Alula;Bird of Prey;Manus;Primary Feathers;Secondary Feathers;Small Indian Kite



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