The nature of feather construction


Alfred M. Lucas, Ph.D., Peter R. Stenttenheim, Ph.D. Sept. 1972 Avian Anatomy - Integument, Part I
Gary A. Borger
1991 Designing Trout Flies
Edited by Dr. Christopher M.Perrins and Dr. Alex L. A. Middleton
1985 The Encyclopedia of Birds
Darrel Martin
1987 Fly Tying Methods
Joseph M. Forshaw
1977 Parrots of the World
R. Garth Coghill
1989 "Traditional Quill Wings From Flight Feathers"
With thanks to my friends Marvin Nolte (U.S.A.), Martin Jørgensen (Denmark), Garth Coghill (New Zealand) and Thomas Whiting, Ph.D.(U.S.A.) for their advise and comments.

April 1996

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From: Kate - Full name and email anonymized  Link
Submitted June 3rd 2013

This is the most comprehensive feather anatomy article that I have ever read, I never had such an inclusive course in college biology classes. Tyers should not be intimidated by the singular and plural names of the feather parts; as a tyer they know which part they need to use to construct their chosen flies. It is very beneficial to know about the hook sites on the specific feathers used to marry salmon fly wings. Martin pointed me to your Feather Anatomy 101; thank you Martin.
Currently, I am reading a fascinating book by Thor Hanson of our US Pacific Northwest; it is Feathers, The Evolution of a Natural Miracle. It is definitely scientific because it is in the Natural History category. However, Thor has broken up the heavier sections with very interesting personal stories. I highly recommend Feathers.

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