Variability in Body Pterylosis, with Special Reference to the Genus Passer

@article{Clench1970VariabilityIB,
  title={Variability in Body Pterylosis, with Special Reference to the Genus Passer},
  author={M. H. Clench},
  journal={The Auk},
  year={1970},
  volume={87},
  pages={650-691}
}
  • M. H. Clench
  • Published 1970
  • Biology
  • The Auk
  • PTERYLOGRAPHY, the study of avian feather tracts, is an old field of ornithology, rich in history but comparatively neglected in recent years. The first recorded observation that feathers are distributed over a bird's body in specific patterns predates Linnaeus (Scherren, 1903), but not until the early 19th century studies by C. L. Nitzsch was pterylography established as a branch of avian anatomy. Nitzsch made the fundamental descriptive studies in the field and gave it much of the terminology… CONTINUE READING
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