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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    07/5/2015 - 3:03 pm | View Link
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    07/29/2015 - 2:13 am | View Link
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