Feather Science
Written by: Richard K. Simpson

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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.

Flashcard facts and information about feathers

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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.

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A brown featherA woodpecker illustrationAn illustration of a peacock-style featherA diagram showing how lift works on a wingAn illustration of a goose flying, showing the direction of thrust and airflow.An illustration of four of the six types of feathers.An illustration showing up-close feather anatomy.Illustrations of bird claws and a bird beak.An illustration of a humminbird with a blue and green body and a ruby red throat.A cartoon silhouette of a person's head while they are talking.

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  • Article: Feather Bits
  • Author(s): Richard K. Simpson
  • Publisher: Arizona State University School of Life Sciences Ask A Biologist
  • Site name: ASU - Ask A Biologist
  • Date published: September 19, 2014
  • Date accessed: June 12, 2024
  • Link: https://askabiologist.asu.edu/biology-bits/feather-bits

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Richard K. Simpson. (2014, September 19). Feather Bits. ASU - Ask A Biologist. Retrieved June 12, 2024 from https://askabiologist.asu.edu/biology-bits/feather-bits

American Psychological Association. For more info, see http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/10/

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Richard K. Simpson. "Feather Bits". ASU - Ask A Biologist. 19 September, 2014. https://askabiologist.asu.edu/biology-bits/feather-bits

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Richard K. Simpson. "Feather Bits". ASU - Ask A Biologist. 19 Sep 2014. ASU - Ask A Biologist, Web. 12 Jun 2024. https://askabiologist.asu.edu/biology-bits/feather-bits

Modern Language Association, 7th Ed. For more info, see http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/08/
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