Quiz 22: Wing patterns

With thanks to the online wing collection of the Slater Museum of Natural History, University of Puget Sound for allowing the use of their wing photos.

With thanks, again, to Brian E. Small for providing the beautiful photos. You can see lots more at his website, and clicking any of his photos links there as well.



White wing patches 2

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Question 1
The species is:
A
Red-cockaded Woodpecker
B
Red-naped Sapsucker
C
Red-headed Woodpecker
D
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Question 2
The large white wing patch covers all of the:
A
Secondaries
B
Secondaries and primaries
C
Greater secondary coverts
D
Primaries
Question 2 Explanation: 
The secondaries (including the tertials - the innermost secondaries) grow from the "forearm" bones, and are essentially all white in this species. Technically, there is a little black on the bases of the outer secondaries, and the outer web of the outermost secondary is black. This color contrasts with the slightly browner primaries (which grow from the "hand" bones) and makes it easy to distinguish the two feather groups here. When the wing is folded the blackish primaries are almost completely hidden under the stack of white secondaries.
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