Scutellate(d)Shield-shaped. The term is used in describing the pattern of leg scales on birds where these form 'scutes', namely shield-like overlapping structures as found in the ducks (family Anatidae). Where the scales do not overlap the pattern is described as 'reticulate(d)' ('netlike'), as found in the swans (genus Cygnus). In cases where no scales are present, the legs being covered by a continuous skin, for example in the thrushes (family Turdidae), the term 'booted' is used.
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From Peter Weaver's Birdwatcher's Dictionary
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