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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    10/3/2015 - 3:14 pm | View Link
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    10/7/2015 - 4:47 am | View Link
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  • feathers
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    10/6/2015 - 8:39 am | View Website
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