Avian Anatomy – Images of Muscles & Tendons, Feather Piloerection

Main Article: Avian Medical Terms / Health & Diseases by Jeannine Miesle, MA, Allied Member, Association of Avian Veterinarians …

Avian Anatomy Image Gallery (NOTE: Some of the images / illustrations on this and linked pages may be too graphic for young audiences. We recommend parental supervision and approval.)


Major Muscles http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=avian+major+muscles&view=detailv2&&&id=11DD9821D0EC624849D87996AA9 4C7F91E9CD472&selectedIndex=0&ccid=SfSC3Aw8&simid=608045654573318226&thid=JN.2WR3Xo22pdwrgusHln1tN A&ajaxhist=0 

Major Muscles

Foot action http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=bird+anatomy+leg+muscles&view=detailv2&&qpvt=bird+anatomy+leg+ muscles&id=B5DD55A07008F4E71F4EEAA6D1300A6C42A57CDE&selectedIndex=17&ccid=NjkzygYW&simi d=608019605602305089&thid=JN.zumpFwJVzzOlYS3bapWL2A&ajaxhist=0

Foot Action

Patagium http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=bird+patagium&view=detailv2&&&id=3257333BBC208671E0CCA46D8E7DD52C2 433FAA1&selectedIndex=9&ccid=pVBCApTd&simid=608027705906693872&thid=JN.rl%2f6CoUp8stVtUuWISStKw&ajax hist=0


Propatag= Propatagium, Metapatag=metapatagium http://etc.usf.edu/clipart/59100/59193/59193_goose_wing.htm

  • Pt. Lg. Patagial longus tendon, Pt.Br. Bi
  • Lig: Ligament, Elast.sec:
  • Propatag: Propatagium
  • Metapatag: metapatagium
  • Tri: Tricep muscle

Propatag= Propatagium, Metapatag=metapatagium

Wing and breast muscles and erector and depressor muscles http://www.saburchill.com/chapters/chap0010.html

Wing and breast muscles and erector and depressor muscles

Muscles and bones of the wing and breast http://www.truth-that-matters.com/design.htm

Muscles and bones of the wing and breast

Piloerection and feather fluffing https://junbelen.wordpress.com/2009/12/14/piloerection-even-pigeons-do-get-cold/

Piloerection and feather fluffing


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Jeannine Miesle

Jeannine Miesle, M.A., M.Ed, Allied Member, Association of Avian Veterinarians is an important contributor to Beauty of Birds. Jeannine has done considerable writing, proofreading and editing for journals and newsletters over the years. She had taught English and music in the schools and presently is an organist at Bethany Church in West Chester, Ohio. She also administrates a Facebook group, The Science of Avian Health.

Jeannine takes in rescued cockatiels and presently has twelve birds. When they come to her they remain as part of her flock.