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High-maintenance mallards

The shimmery feathers of a male mallard might have a showy quality that appeals to prospective mates, but the water resistance and self-cleaning capabilities of iridescent feathers pale in comparison to those ...

Jun 17, 2011 4 / 5 (1) 0 | with audio podcast

Falcon feathers pop-up during dive

Similar to wings and fins with self-adaptive flaps, the feathers on a diving peregrine falcon's feathers may pop-up during high speed dives, according to a study published in PLOS ONE on January 29, 2014 b ...

Feb 06, 2014 5 / 5 (1) 0

When a whistle beats a tweet

Biologists have discovered that a species of Australian pigeon has a secret way of alerting fellow birds to predators -- a "whistle" emitted by flapping wings when the bird takes off in alarm.

Sep 01, 2009 not rated yet 1