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Posts tagged feathers

October 19, 2015


amber stone under microscope

Ancient Feathers in Amber

Archaeologists discover dinosaur feathers preserved in amber, confirming once and for all feathery dino theories.

September 16, 2014


a up-close shot of a rose-ring parakeet's head

Girls Love a Guy With Shine

Male parrots' fluorescent feathers set all the girls' hearts a flutter.

October 18, 2011


x ray of a frog

Using X-Rays To Find The Color Of Fossilized Skin And Feathers

Researchers found that if they bombard fossils with a special type of intense x-ray, they can find the pigment's location.

October 11, 2010


blue bird by a tree

Why Blue Birds Aren’t Blue

Are you a bird watcher? Well, you should know that a bird that appears blue is actually colorless.

July 15, 2009


Bald-headed vulture

Vultures May Be Bald, But They Keep It Cool

It's difficult to look at a vulture's conspicuous baldness without thinking of some crotchety old man having a bad day, but vultures are bald for a reason.

July 12, 2008


Red-winged black bird in grass

Why Are Male Birds So Fancy?

Have you noticed how male birds seem to be more brightly colored with more variation in feathers than female birds? Learn why on this Moment of Science.

October 18, 2006


illustration of Hagryphus

Dinosaur Turkey!

It would take a lot of stuffing to fill this Jurassic turkey.

June 30, 2005


Blue Birds Ain’t Blue

One of the loveliest sights an ornithologist runs across is the iridescent blue found in some birds’ plumage. Sure, cardinals have red feathers and finches have yellow feathers, but if you ever run across the gleaming, almost metallic-looking blue of an indigo bunting, you won’t forget it. The colors shimmer and shine like oil on water. Learn more on this Moment of Science.

June 2, 2005


Birds of a Feather

Birds of a feather flock together. It’s a misleading phrase. Learn more on this Moment of Science.

February 3, 2005


The Cardinal Mating Game

Imagine you're a female cardinal and you're looking for a mate. Before you are three males. Which one should you choose?

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