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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    I always envision these birds as being knights, their blue-grey plumage ... tree had been in the process of preening its feathers and the third was
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    ... back home and started to study the bone structure of birds and found out ... same as our fingers except five of them, even the feathers are ...
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    ... made of wire or metal bars and used for keeping birds or animals in ... dart : a small pointed object, sometimes with feathers to help it fly, ...
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  • App review: See Natural History skeletons before they were just ... - Washington Post
    ... it offers a compelling way to learn about mammals, birds, reptiles and fish. ... A pileated woodpecker, grafted with feathers, pecks into tree ...
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  • Chicken farmer denies mistreating birds after activists release photos
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    04/1/2015 - 10:51 pm | View Link
  • Feathers originated as dinosaur whiskers, U of A experts speculate
    The origin of the feather is a mystery two Alberta dinosaur experts hope to solve. Scott Persons, PhD candidate at University of Alberta, and Philip Currie, professor and Canada Research Chair in Dinosaur Paleobiology, want to reach back millions of years to the very first feathers. Present-day birds use feathers for flight, social display and as insulation to retain body heat, all highly ...
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  • Thousands of avian visitors bid adieu to Kashmir Valley
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    03/26/2015 - 4:44 am | View Link
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  • Fowl play: Latest addition to Arc my ruffle feathers
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  • Bird feather on Peking opera headwear defended
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  • Peking Opera actress under fire for bird-feathers headdress
    Bird lovers and netizens have been enraged by Liu's statement, accusing her of neglecting the cruelty inflicted on the birds. Liu deleted her original post, but continued to highlight the beauty of the feathers. Her statement that she would buy the best ...
    04/25/2015 - 10:01 pm | View Link
  • Birds of many feathers under one roof
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  • Waterproof feathers – Birds
    Birds and Birding guide showcasing information about species, ornithology, bird watching activities, care, education, photos and original articles about birds.
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  • Feather
    Feathers are epidermal growths that form the distinctive outer covering, or plumage, on birds and some non-avian theropod dinosaurs. They are considered the most ...
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  • Birds of a Feather Gay & Lesbian (LGBT) Community in New ...
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  • Bird feathers
    This shows close-up images of the barbs on a feather so that you can see their hooks, and how they connect together. It also shows the knobs on the downy ...
    04/25/2015 - 6:48 pm | View Website
  • Ostrich Feather Boas, Peacock Feathers, Feather Boas ...
    Feather products include ostrich, peacock, goose quills, chicken, and turkey with colour card. Includes boas and stoles. UK location.
    04/25/2015 - 5:37 pm | View Website
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