Waterproof feathers – Birds

August 28, 2006 by  
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“Like water off a duck’s back”, goes the common expression. When raindrops hit the “waterproof” feathers on a duck, they bead up and do not penetrate the feathers. How does this work?

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Strange Birds: Hoatzins

August 21, 2006 by  
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The hoatzin is one of the world’s strangest bird species – its chicks possess claws on the leading edge of their wings!

Hoatzins live in South American tropical rain forests. These chicken-sized birds spend their time clambering through the trees that hang over slow-moving rivers.

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Costa Rica: A perfect bird-watching holiday

August 14, 2006 by  
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Many bird-watchers see their first tropical birds in Costa Rica. More than 850 species of birds inhabit Costa Rica’s rainforests, mountains, and tropical islands.

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Pet Bird Species: Macaws

August 7, 2006 by  
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Why Macaws? Macaws are understandably popular pets. They have spectacular colors. They have dramatic long tails. They can mimic human words and music. They also bond strongly with their human companions, providing constant affection and entertainment.

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