Image: Wedge-tailed Eagle wing

Wedge-tailed Eagle wing

The wings of study skins are sewn into the specimen and can be broken off if an attempt is made to open them.  For some specimens, a wing is detached from the skin during preparation and held separately in a spread position.

Detached wings, such as this one from a Wedge-tailed Eagle Aquila audax, are stored in sealed plastic bags to protect them. They are very useful for studying the wing moult, colour, pattern and shape of a particular species.

Jaynia Sladek
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O.70245 Aquila audax wing

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