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By Dr. Biology

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  • Illegal: doing something that is against a law. Opposite of legal.
  • Migratory: moving from place to place. Birds often migrate to avoid cold and hot temperatures. Some travel thousands of miles each year when migrating.
  • Permit: a formal document that gives a person and or group permission to do something.
  • Treaty: a formal document that often is linked to a law.

Feathers Up-close

There is nothing like seeing a feather up close. To help you do this we borrowed some feathers from some or our scientists and researchers and took pictures with a special scanner and microscope so you can get a close look at them. Click on any of the feathers in the gallery below and then zoom in and explore. We also have a companion story about feathers that you might like to check out. The black scale bar lines in each image are equal to 10 millimeters (one centimeter).


Great Argus Pheasant - <em>Argusianus argus</em>  -  Wing Feather Great Argus Pheasant,
Argusianus argus
,
Wing feather [left]
Temminck's Tragopan Pheasant - <em>Tragopan temminckii -</em> Body Feather
Temminck's Tragopan Pheasant
Tragopan temminckii
Body feather [right]

Scarlet Macaw - <em> Ara macao -</em> Body Feather Scarlet Macaw
Ara macao
Body feather [left]
Lady Amherst Pheasant - <em> Chrysolophus amherstiae -</em> Neck Feather
Lady Amshert's Pheasant
Chrysolophus amherstiae
Neck feather [right]

Amazon Parrot - <em> Unknown Species -</em> Tail Feather Amazon Parrot
Unknown species
Tail feather [left]
 
Eurasian Jay - <em> Garrulus glandarius -</em> Wing Feather
Eurasian Jay
Garrulus glandarius
Wing feather [right]

Golden Pheasant - <em> Chrysolophus pictus -</em> Neck Feather Golden Pheasant
Chrysolophus pictus
Neck feather [left]
Wood Duck - <em> Aix sponsa -</em> Body Flank (side) Feather
Wood Duck
Aix sponsa
Body (side) feather [right]

Blue and Gold Macaw - <em>Ara arar</em> -  Wing Feather (top) Blue & Gold Macaw
Ara ararauna
Wing feather
top view [left]
 
Blue and Gold Macaw - <em>Ara arar</em> -  Wing Feather (bottom)
Blue & Gold Macaw
Ara ararauna
Wing feather
bottom view [right]

Blue and Gold Macaw - <em> Ara ararauna -</em> Wing Feather [top] Magnified Blue & Gold Macaw
Ara ararauna
Wing feather magnified
top view [left]
 
Blue and Gold Macaw - <em> Ara ararauna -</em> Wing Feather [bottom] Magnified
Blue & Gold Macaw
Ara ararauna
Wing feather magnified
bottom view [right]

These feathers were collected by scientists and other researchers that have been granted a permit by the government to collect feathers. In case you did not know, in the United States it is illegal to collect feathers from most birds without a permit. So don't start pulling feathers off every bird you see. You can't even keep a feather you found on the ground. In case you would like to know about the law called, "The Migratory Bird Treaty Act," try out this link.

 

ant, photo by Alex Wild

It's like having your own microscope! Visit our Zoom Gallery to explore and have fun zooming in and moving around each image.

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ant, photo by Alex Wild

It's like having your own microscope! Visit our Zoom Gallery to explore and have fun zooming in and moving around each image.

Share to Google Classroom

Be part of Ask A Biologist

by volunteering, or simply sending us feedback on the site. Scientists, teachers, writers, illustrators, and translators are all important to the program. If you are interested in helping with the website we have a Volunteer page to get the process started.