TITLE

Feather

PUB. DATE
January 2009
SOURCE
World Book Science Dataset;1/1/2009, p1
SOURCE TYPE
Encyclopedia
DOC. TYPE
Reference Entry
ABSTRACT
Feather, a horny outgrowth of the skin that forms the body covering, or plumage, of birds. Birds are the only animals to have feathers, and all birds have them. Feathers, like hair, grow from pits called follicles. They do not grow uniformly over the body, but only in certain areas called feather tracts. Nearly all birds molt, or shed their feathers, after the nesting period every year. Some undergo a partial or complete molt again in spring; some molt three times yearly. The young of some birds, such as chickens and certain waterfowl, are hatched already clothed with feathers. Most singing and perching birds are hatched naked.
ACCESSION #
37309519

 

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