Iridescence: bright rainbow-like colors that can change depending on the angle you look at them or the angle light hits them.
Pressure: a force against an object. Like when you use your hand to push a door open.
Thrust: to push in one direction.
Biology Bits stories are a great way for you to learn about biology a little bit at a time. We’ve broken down information into pieces that are very tiny—bite-sized biology cards. Cutting out the cards will let you organize them however you want, or use them as flashcards while you read.
This set of bits will teach you about the many ways birds use one of their finest features: feathers. To learn more about the science behind feathers, visit Feather Biology.
Play the slide show from the beginning or pick a slide to begin with by clicking on a slide below.
Richard K. Simpson. (2014, September 19). Feather Bits. ASU - Ask A Biologist. Retrieved March 29, 2023 from https://askabiologist.asu.edu/biology-bits/feather-bits
Richard K. Simpson. "Feather Bits". ASU - Ask A Biologist. 19 September, 2014. https://askabiologist.asu.edu/biology-bits/feather-bits
Richard K. Simpson. "Feather Bits". ASU - Ask A Biologist. 19 Sep 2014. ASU - Ask A Biologist, Web. 29 Mar 2023. https://askabiologist.asu.edu/biology-bits/feather-bits
Here are some pieces of biology that you can sink your teeth into. One bit at a time.
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