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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?

September 27, 2003

 

Cold Feet and Hot Wings

Most birds you see standing on only one leg are doing an impressive balancing act while tucking the second leg into their feathers. This is much easier to recognize in large birds, such as flamingos, but the behavior itself is common to most birds.

September 27, 2003

 

Fluff up the Down

The large ones we see when a bird stretches its wings are “flight feathers,” but they also have fluffy ones called “down feathers.”

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