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    Default What are these feathers called

    Hi. Does anyone know what the small patch of bristly feathers which can be found on the nape of many small passerines is called. Its usually about 4 or 5 straggly little bristles.
    You can see it here in this photo by Rod,
    viewtopic.php?f=9&t=4999

    or this one
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/arronsbird ... 791765848/

    does it serve any purpose - other then revealing when we've been too enthusiastic with our post processing?

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    Default Re: What are these feathers called

    If you are talking about the tiny little bits (filaments) of feathers sticking up on the back of the birds neck, then they are just tiny out of place bits of feather that the bird was'nt able to preen (they can't reach the backs of their own necks). Nothing special about them as far as I know

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    Default Re: What are these feathers called

    Yes, thats quite a likely explanation. I was baffled by why they are always at the same place at the base of the nape, while the bird is unable to preen the whole top and back of its head/neck. I was also wondering why they seem to be common on flycatchers and their relatives, but I've never seen them on non-passerines or many other groups of passerines. Still, you could be right.

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    Fascinating - never noticed it before Arron. Paul's explanation does sound pretty good though.
    Cheers, Dave

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