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Birds USA: Bird Anatomy

The basics behind the bird

Different Feathers For Different Functions

Birds have three types of feathers: down feathers, contour feathers and flight feathers.

  • Down feathers are soft, fluffy and short feathers that keep the bird warm. They are usually present when the birds are chicks, or when a bird is molting.
  • Contour feathers cover most of the bird’s body. They are designed to repel water and wind.
  • Flight feathers are used for flight, and are located on the wings and tail. They are stiffer and longer than the other feathers.

**For the full article, pick up the 2008 issue of Birds USA or click here to buy the issue.**


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