Bird Word: Coverts

  • Coverts: the smaller feathers that cover the bases of the tail feathers or wing feathers.

Birds have many different kinds of feathers. These include:

  • wing feathers
  • wing coverts
  • tail feathers
  • tail coverts
  • ear coverts.

The coverts are smaller feathers covering the base of larger feathers or, in the case of the ear coverts, covering the ears. In the photo of the Zebra Finch below, the orange cheek patch of feathers are the ear coverts covering the ears.

Zebra Finch

Zebra Finch


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