Flocks of native wild parrots used to be common in North America, even into Canada. Known as the Carolina Parakeet, they were eventually all killed for their beautiful feathers by 1939. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Car…
Some species of birds have a comb built into one of their toenails called a pectinate toe. These nails help birds with very long necks keep their feathers clean. infinitespider.com/birds-…
A baby penguin was born without feathers in a Chinese zoo and was thus rejected by his parents, but the zookeepers found out he had digestion problems so they fed him by hand until he grew feathers and was reunited with his parents themarysue.com/bald-baby-…
In the early 19th Century, employees of the Bank of England went through about 1.5 million quill pens per year, or about five pens per employee per day. Quill pens were usually made out of feathers from geese wings. bankofengland.co.uk/-/med…
Birds do not have external ears, but instead have ears hidden underneath their feathers located near below the eye. reconnectwithnature.org/n…
Parrots kept as pets will go through severe emotional trauma when they're given away, sold, or abandoned, developing destructive behaviors like screaming, aggression and self mutilation, plucking out their feathers In the wild they are extremely social and often mate for life (60-80 years.) birdsupplies.com/blogs/ne…
Today I learned about Carlos Hathcock, the white feather, A sniper for the marines. In one particularly dangerous mission, he crawled over 1,500 meters over 4 days and 3 nights with no sleep to assassinate a NVA general. Multiple times during his crawl he was only a few feet away from patrolling enemy soldiers blogs.va.gov/VAntage/7358…
The colour of a feather is not only determined by pigmentation, but in some cases by its structure or a combination of the two wikipedia.org/wiki/Feathe…
Today I learned about the hooded pitohui, one of the only known birds to be toxic. We all know about poison dart frogs - this bird’s feathers contain one of the most potent neurotoxins known to science – here’s their story. australiangeographic.com.…
During WWI (and briefly WWII) the British would shame men into joining the military by recruiting young women to call them cowards on the streets of their hometowns. These women would also pin a white feather on them to symbolize their cowardice. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whi…
Only male Peacocks are called Peacocks. The female is called a Peahen and they are usually smaller and brown in color, without the characteristic β€œPeacock” feathers. differencebetween.net/sci…
Crows are into β€œanting,” either rubbing ants on their feathers or sitting on an anthill and letting themselves be covered in ants. It’s not fully understood why, but there are some theories. npr.org/sections/krulwich…
Owls have long legs that are covered in a mass of feathers so only their feet are exposed. boredpanda.com/owl-long-l…
Members of federally recognized Native American tribes can collect and own naturally fallen eagle feathers. fws.gov/midwest/eagle/eag…
A fully-preserved dinosaur tail, still covered in delicate feathers, was found. It is 99 million years old. nationalgeographic.com/ne…
Pigeons can have curly feathers (Frillback) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fri…
In 16th c. Europe, it was considered manly for men to wear elaborate headdresses made of ostrich feathers. cam.ac.uk/whenmenworefeat…
The song Alouette is about a French Canadian man who caught a lark and is telling it how he’s going to pluck its feathers en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alo…
Pink flamingos are more aggressive than white ones, as an healthy flamingo that is an efficient feeder, which is demonstrated by its colourful feathers will have more time and energy to be aggressive and dominant when feeding. independent.co.uk/news/sc…
Deinonychus, meaning "terrible claw", was the first dinosaur linked to modern birds. It had a long, talon-like claw to help disembowel prey, and it had FEATHERS! en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dei…
When a bald eagle loses a feather on one wing, it will lose a feather on the other in order to keep its balance. canadiangeographic.ca/art…
There are poisonous birds. The Hooded Pitohui is the first scientifically documented poisonous bird. Its feathers give off a neurotoxin called homobatrachotoxin which has previously only been found in the skin of poison dart frogs, and handling them can cause numbness. australiangeographic.com.…
Fieldfare birds defend their young from ravens and other predators, by "dive-bombing" the predators with their poop. The poop glues the raven's feathers together. 2newthings.com/animals-th…
In USA, picking up an eagle feather that you found can end you up in jail with thousands of dollars in fines blogs.findlaw.com/law_and…
Roseate Spoonbills get their pink coloration from the foods they eat. Crustaceans and other aquatic invertebrates contain pigments called carotenoids that help turn their feathers pink. allaboutbirds.org/guide/R…
If every human on the planet jumped at the same time it would have the same effect on moving the Earth as a feather landing on the Hoover Dam. youtu.be/jHbyQ_AQP8c
Cartoonist Gary Larson's publisher accidently "scooped" scientist Dale Clayton's description of Strigiphilus garylarsoni (a parasitic feather louse specific to owls) when they sent "The Prehisotry of the Far Side" to print. Clayton had to cite the comic when he finally published his paper. attheu.utah.edu/facultyst…
A treatment in the Middle Ages for venomous snakebite was to pluck the feathers from a rooster's arse and place it on the site of the bite. Apparently its anus could suck up the venom. It was considered a good sign if the rooster died. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
Hummingbirds get their iridescent colors from microscopic "air-filled pancakes" in their feathers. popsci.com/story/animals/…
Ancient Egyptians believed in afterlife as the dead's heart was weighted against the feather of Maat, If the dead's heart balanced with the feather of Maat, they would be admitted to heavenly paradise, if their heart was heavier than the feather their souls would be permanently destroyed. ancient.eu/article/42/the…
Lab-grown meat has been made from living animal biopsies, fresh meat, cell banks, or feather roots & has been made from muscle, fat, or stem cells. Cells go into a vat of culture medium to proliferate into meat cell mush; patties & sausages have been created but fillets have not yet been made. theguardian.com/food/2020…
Today I learned of the Dracula parrot found only in New Guinea. Despite its name, the parrot eats no meat but rather feeds almost exclusively on figs. Just as vultures adapted a featherless head to feed cleanly on bloody carcasses, a Dracula parrot's lack of face feathers keeps its face clean of sticky figs. australiangeographic.com.…
That during WW1, the British created a campaign to shame men into enlisting. Women would hand out White Feathers to men not in uniform and berate them as cowards. The it was so successful that the government had to create badges for men in critical occupations so they would not be harassed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whi…
In Australia, women who did not volunteer to care for the sick during the 1919/1920 Influenza pandemic were sent white feathers. researchonline.jcu.edu.au…
Ornithologists believe birds rub ants on their wings as the formic acid that the ants release may kill feather lice en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ant…
Audi and BMW use emu feathers to clean the cars before applying paint; Audi imports feathers from Australia but BMW has its own emu farm in Bavaria carsguide.com.au/car-news…
Charlie Chaplin was criticized because he did not volunteer during the First World War. Although he registered for the U.S. draft, he received thousands of white feathers and angry letters. It was later revealed that he was rejected because he was undersized and underweight. noglory.org/index.php/art…
Contrary to everything Jurassic park taught me. Velociraptor was about the size of a modern domesticated Turkey, had feathers and would have had trouble taking down a poodle. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vel…
Scientists discovered a dinosaur tail perfectly preserved in amber. It is full of feathers. cnn.com/2016/12/08/health…
Sniper Carlos Hathcock (aka White Feather) once shot an enemy sniper through their own scope en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Car…
Animals can't make vitamin D in their skin because their fur or feathers shade it from the sun. In the oils secreted on their fur or feathers are the precursors, and after vitamin D is produced they lick it up when grooming. chm.bris.ac.uk/motm/vitam…
A single Canada Goose has between 20 and 25 thousand feathers. Just a fraction of an inch of this feather insulation can keep a bird's body temperature at 104 degrees, even in freezing weather. birdnote.org/show/how-fea…
Someone broke into the british museum of natural history to steal close to 300 exotic birds to sell the feathers to fly tiers so that he can buy a golden flute. api.nationalgeographic.co…
When Sir Richard Owen (a critic of evolution by natural selection) bought a recently discovered Archaeopteryx feather, he was embarrassed to discover it was a missing link between reptiles and birds, which contradicted his belief that God had created the species by tweaking 'archetypes'. bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00l…
Many bird species engage in "anting", where they actively rub ants onto themselves to excrete their body's chemicals. As to why, hypotheses include using the chemicals to ward off pests, preparing them to eat, for grooming their feathers, and for stimulating themselves. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ant…
That fluting sound some pigeons make when taking off are made by their wing feathers, and serve as an alarm system to other pigeons. discovermagazine.com/plan…
The frigate bird can fly continuously for 185 days, going more than 35,000 miles (56,327 km.) They are seabirds that can't land in or take flight from water, do not have waterproof feathers and can travel up to 40 minutes without having to flap their wings. latimes.com/science/scien…
The blue-capped ifrit (Ifrita kowaldi), native to New Guinea, is among a small group of bird species that are poisonous. They excrete batrachotoxin into their feathers and skin in order to defend themselves against predators.The poison is derived from the bird's diet of certain types of beetles. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blu…
Since the 1960s, we have commercially bred Turkeys by having handlers ejaculate a male bird, lift the feathers of a female bird, and inject the tom's sperm into the hen to artificially inseminate them. freakonomics.com/2011/11/…
Today I learned about Qiviut, a material softer than cashmere and light as a feather. It's made from the soft under wool of a Muskox and can withstand temperatures down to -73Β°C. This material is very rare and costs a premium to acquire. One bolt of yarn can cost up to Β£150. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qiv…

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