Birds Use Feathers 'to Touch'

Birds may use their feathers for touch - to feel their surroundings just as cats use their whiskers, scientists find.

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    04/26/2018 - 2:06 am | View Link
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    04/25/2018 - 7:52 am | View Link
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    04/25/2018 - 6:41 am | View Link
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  • Feather
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