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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    The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus announced Thursday it will phase out the show's iconic elephants from its performances by 2018. More
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    Mozambique's rhinoceros population was wiped out more than a century ago by big game hunters. Reconstituted several years ago, it has again been driven to extinction, or to the brink of extinction, by poachers seeking their horns for sale in Asia.... More
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    Virgin Galactic is one flight closer to becoming a commercial "spaceline." The company's passenger spacecraft, SpaceShipTwo, completed its first rocket-powered flight Monday morning above the Mojave Desert in California. More
  • U.S. plans to drop gray wolves from endangered list
    The planned ruling would eliminate protection for the top predators, but scientists and conservationists say the proposal is flawed. Federal authorities intend to remove endangered species protections for all gray wolves in the Lower 48 states, carving out an a exception for a small pocket of about 75 Mexican wolves in the wild in Arizona and New Mexico, according to a draft document obtained by The Times. More
  • Solution to peacock problem is ruffling some feathers - USA Today
    A Florida neighborhood is split on how to control their nuisance peacock population, with one group saying the birds aren't a problem, another says
    05/8/2015 - 1:53 pm | View Link
  • Undercover video plays into ‘ag-gag’ debate; farm could fire ... - Raleigh News & Observer
    That person videoed birds violently thrown, workers punching birds hanging upside down, a worker ripping out a bird’s feathers and throwing...
    05/8/2015 - 1:07 pm | View Link
  • Ways Animal Moms Carry Their Young: Photos - Discovery Channel
    That is because some mothers sport fur (or, in the case of birds, feathers) that helps to camouflage the precious cargo.
    05/8/2015 - 12:16 pm | View Link
  • To run private zoo, many thought I had lost my mind – Prince Raji, ... - Daily Sun
    ... cages, with eagles and ostriches fluttering their feathers, species of ... small animals like rabbits, tortoise and birds. We also have birds ...
    05/8/2015 - 8:11 am | View Link
  • Why Sir David Attenborough, at 89, can’t and won’t stop ... - Washington Post
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  • The loneliest bird in the world: Sad life of the rare albino sparrow that others refuse to mate with and whose bright feathers make him an easy meal for predators
    The bird is a loner for a reason. A genetic mutation that leaves its feathers pure white makes it stand out to all birds of prey in the vicinity who fancy a quick snack. It has very poor eyesight and brittle feathers so it can't fly very far. No only ...
    05/24/2015 - 10:59 pm | View Link
  • Wind turbines ruffle feathers of bird lovers
    PORT AUSTIN, Mich. -- The sky above a tabletop-flat expanse of eastern Michigan farmland near Lake Huron is a well-traveled pathway for migratory birds journeying between summer nesting areas in Canada's boreal forests and wintering grounds to the south.
    05/24/2015 - 10:24 pm | View Link
  • Tally of oil-soaked wildlife, alive and dead, mounts in California
    Each bird arrived coated from the tip of its beak and throat pouch to tail feathers and webbed feet in sticky, black grime, a condition that would ultimately prove lethal for the creatures. Oil impairs the insulating properties of birds' feathers ...
    05/24/2015 - 5:46 am | View Link
  • Ornamental birds of the rich in Vietnam
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    05/23/2015 - 10:25 pm | View Link
  • The rarest kind of one of the world's most common birds found in Melbourne
    Meanwhile sparrows with leucism have dark eyes, white plumage and weak feathers, which fall apart faster and can make flight problematic. Partial leucism can also occur in birds in patches, even a single feather. Dr Guay said it was hard to gauge how rare ...
    05/23/2015 - 8:48 pm | View Link
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  • Birds of a Feather Kit Co.
    Birds of a Feather Kit Co. is a social network ... This flower technique is a really fun way to use up some of your leftover scraps!
    05/25/2015 - 12:41 am | View Website
  • All About Birds : Feathers and Plumages
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    05/24/2015 - 11:22 pm | View Website
  • Waterproof feathers – Birds
    Birds and Birding guide showcasing information about species, ornithology, bird watching activities, care, education, photos and original articles about birds.
    05/24/2015 - 7:11 pm | View Website
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  • The Earthlife Web
    Feathers are one of the most prominent features of a bird's anatomy, and they are unique to birds. Every bird has feathers and everything that has feathers is a bird.
    05/24/2015 - 6:32 am | View Website
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