- n. Plural form of underpart.
“Scaly grey on its back and collar, with brilliant white underparts and pitch black legs and bill – stout and blunt for a wader.”
“Held up to view in an unravelled ball of twine neatly arranged into a nest, sleeping on undisturbed, was a spectacularly attractive little creature – perhaps six inches long, its furry tail striped lengthwise and as long again, its coat silvery-grey above, creamy on the underparts; ears small and rounded; facial mask piebald and rather raccoon-like, accentuating large, luminous eyes that flickered open and met mine with no hint of alarm.”
“Through my binoculars I could see the long wings and tail, narrow white rump and, best of all, the deep orange shade of its underparts, glowing in the October sunshine.”
“Superficially like a cross between a falcon and a magpie, it landed to reveal a wispy crest, dark grey upperparts spotted with white, pale underparts, and a creamy-yellow throat.”
“The pattern of dark arrowhead dots shows bold on its pale underparts.”
“The ladder-backed woodpecker can be distinguished from several congeners: the range-restricted Nuttall's woodpecker, P. nuttallii, is noticeably darker; with narrower white stripes especially below its eyes, white feathers at the base of its upper mandible, whiter underparts, and outer tail feathers with spots.”
“The male has red only on the back of its head. the smaller downy woodpecker is black with a distinctive white patch in the middle of its back, white underparts, no white streaks on its crown, and its black malar and eye stripes don't merge.”
“Whether it is a world-wide church or a single yeshiva or synagogue or ashram, a football stadium or a computer design or a company that extracts primeval carbon from the planet's underparts, elevating abundance from part of the sacred whole to the Ultimate is one of the paths to self-destruction.”
“As with the other members of the genus, there is a dark horseshoe mark on the chest, extending down the sides towards the feet, as well as a speckling of black spots over the white underparts, the number and pattern of which are unique to each bird and are used for identification of individuals.”
“Most Magellanic penguins have a white band on both sides of the head, which begins at the eye and joins at the neck, while there is a dark brown horseshoe mark on the underside, running down the flank of the body and contrasting with the otherwise white underparts.”
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