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All birds, and only birds, have feathers. Some dinosaurs had them, including a species recently discovered in Siberia. Feathers are essential to flight, but they also provide insulation, sunblock, and waterproofing. They can be essential to a bird's survival, providing camouflage, social dominance and reproductive success. But how much do you really know about feathers? Take our quiz. You might learn a few surprising facts!
We've all heard it countless times: Certain bird species mate for life, including geese, swans, cranes and eagles. It's a true statement, for the most part, but it's only part of the story.
Is it true that a baby bird touched by a human will be abandoned by its parents? Can an owl spin its head completely around? Do goatsuckers really suck goat milk? Find out the truth behind these myths and more.
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