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 top of its head, which sports a fleshy oval from which feathers, skin, and bone have been peeled back. Alert: no birds were harmed in the...
    11/10/2014 - 3:26 pm | View Link
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    11/9/2014 - 7:53 am | View Link
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    11/8/2014 - 1:34 pm | View Link
  • Flamingos: A Makeover for the Flame Birds - Huffington Post
    ... same pigments (which, in turn, are obtained from their diet) are in the feathers. But feathers are dead at maturity in all birds, and so only...
    11/8/2014 - 10:50 am | View Link
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  • Birds hold clue to preventing sickening in-flight turbulence
    SYDNEY — Australian researchers have used birds to help prevent dreaded in-flight turbulence. Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology's Unmanned Systems Research Team studied the natural movement of feathers and the way a bird uses them to create a system that detects disturbances in the air. See also: Australia is sweltering and the worst is still to come Project researcher Abdulghani Mohamed ...
    10/29/2014 - 12:00 am | View Link
  • Bowes Museum launch new exhibtion
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    10/28/2014 - 4:22 pm | View Link
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    11/27/2014 - 12:52 pm | View Link
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    11/27/2014 - 11:00 am | View Link
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    11/26/2014 - 4:00 pm | View Link
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    11/25/2014 - 10:06 am | View Link
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    11/25/2014 - 8:33 am | View Link
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  • Learn about Bird Feathers
    All about bird feathers: function, structure, types and more. What makes a feather blue?
    11/22/2014 - 6:25 am | View Website
  • Birds of a Feather
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    11/22/2014 - 4:59 am | View Website
  • Bird Feathers
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    11/22/2014 - 3:40 am | View Website
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    11/21/2014 - 10:40 pm | View Website
  • Feather
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    11/21/2014 - 10:18 pm | View Website
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