Posted by: purplepaula1 | February 8, 2010

Birds use feathers to ‘touch’

A BBC news story reports that birds may use their feathers to feel their surrounds in the way that cats use their whiskers.

Findings of this discovery will be published in the journal Animal Behaviour as ‘Origin and maintenance of mechanosensory feather ornaments’ by Sampath S. Seneviratne and Ian L. Jones. A full-text PDF is available via the Library website, and the article is currently in its proofing stage prior to print publication.

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