Feathers emerged from the scales of reptiles and kept birds apart from all other creatures. Feathers are essential for insulation, flight, and courtship displays. Feather shapes and colors help us differentiate between various species of birds and, in some cases, between females and males.
As feathers are so diverse, there are several other anatomical and technical terms practiced in their descriptions. This article will help you know a few of this terminology and understand more about these fantastic adaptations.
Pheasants are large, chicken-like birds, approaching around 3 feet, with a long, pointed tail. It has pretty long legs, a small head, a plump body, and a long neck.
These birds usually walk or run and seldom resort to flying, frequently when disrupted at close range by people or other predators. Male birds make a loud, cackling sound that you can hear from remote distances.
Penguins are one of the most loved birds in the world. They exist in the southern regions of the planet. Though most people imagine a minor, white-and-black animal when they think of penguins, these birds actually come in various sizes, and few are pretty colorful.
There are around 19 species of penguins. The smallest one is the little (also called little blue) penguin, which grows to 10 to 12 inches (25.4 to 30.48 cm) tall and weighs only 2 to 3 lbs.
Imagine being able to move your head a complete 270 degrees. For years, this range of movement and other exceptional physical features and physiological adaptations of owls have supported them to endure and thrive in the wild.
Owls have adapted to almost every ecosystem on the earth. They are pretty specialized predators, having ears and eyes intended for hunting and fantastic feathers that allow them to fly almost quietly.
The Ostrich is the heaviest and largest living bird. As its species name, camelus hints, the ostrich was earlier known as the “camel bird” owing to its long neck, big eyes, and extensive eyelashes, as well as its jolting walk.
Also, similar to camels, the ostrich can withstand high temperatures and go without water for long periods.