wing bar

noun

Definition of wing bar 

: a line of contrasting color across the middle of a bird's wing made by markings on the wing coverts

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There are also two white wing bars on each wing and a long tail. Ernie Cowan, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Ash-throated flycatchers settled in for summer," 19 Apr. 2018 The wings and tail remain black with pale wing bars, but the stark contrast is lacking. Taylor Piephoff, charlotteobserver, "American goldfinches sport a new look this time of year | Charlotte Observer," 11 Feb. 2018 Look for goldfinch-sized finches with dark streaking over the body and yellow to cream-colored wing bars. Taylor Piephoff, charlotteobserver, "American goldfinches sport a new look this time of year | Charlotte Observer," 11 Feb. 2018

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1855, in the meaning defined above

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