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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  • Muleshoe National Wildlife Refuge hosts large sandhill crane ... - PortalesNewsTribune
    Reason to go: Birds, birds and more birds. ... Look for animal signs. Tracks, scat, feathers and nests left behind often tell interesting stories.
    03/7/2015 - 2:01 pm | View Link
  • Cherry Blossom Festival opened today with Smithsonian's Japanese ... -
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  • As scientists work to identify mystery goo, rescued birds return ... -
    ... the sticky substance stuck to the birds' feathers. It was odorless but had the texture of rubber cement. It had ruined the birds' waterproofing...
    03/6/2015 - 1:23 pm | View Link
  • Owls out in the open - Packet & Times
    ... for people to see snowy owls due to an influx of these northern birds. ... of the skull, near where the facial disc of stiff feathers acts like ...
    03/6/2015 - 7:31 am | View Link
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  • Sexual selection isn't the last word on bird plumage, UWM study shows
    Looking at nearly 1,000 species of birds, they found that while males often have brighter feathers than females, the two sexes have come closer together in color over time to blend into their surroundings and hide from predators. Natural selection ...
    03/28/2015 - 6:41 am | View Link
  • Colored plumage: Not just for sex anymore
    A team of researchers led by UW-Milwaukee biological sciences professors Peter Dunn and Linda Whittingham examined nearly 1,000 different species of birds and found that while males still do typically have brighter feathers than females, the gap between ...
    03/28/2015 - 6:32 am | View Link
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    03/28/2015 - 4:46 am | View Link
  • Ecology, behaviours impacts colours of birds, not gender
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    03/28/2015 - 12:01 am | View Link
  • Dinosaur Whiskers?
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    03/27/2015 - 2:33 pm | View Link
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  • 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.
    03/28/2015 - 6:36 am | View Website
  • Bird Feathers "Sing"
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    03/27/2015 - 1:46 pm | View Website
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    03/27/2015 - 10:19 am | View Website
  • Feathers Wild Bird Care
    Feathers - the home of Allan and Joe! Feathers offer a wide range of top quality Wild Bird Care products from a variety of class-leading companies, giving you the ...
    03/26/2015 - 9:40 pm | View Website
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    Home "The ache for home lives in all of us. The safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned." Maya Angelou. Birds of a Feather is a special, magical ...
    03/26/2015 - 3:06 pm | View Website
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