How many secondaries does a Bird of Paradise have?

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Subject: How many secondaries does a Bird of Paradise have?
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Date: Mon, 9 Jan 2017 00:17:13 +0000
Another obscure one I’m afraid:
·      Birds of Paradise and bowerbirds both have 12 rectrices and 10 
primaries, but bowerbirds have an atypically large number of secondaries (11-14 
including the tertials)

    How many secondaries for paradisaeids though? A diagram in Frith & Beehler 
numbers just 8, but if you include the tertials I guess that puts it up to 11?

Advice please, any museum workers out there?
Thanks again

Phil Gregory

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