Wondering About Feathers | Outside My Window


Body feather of a male peacock, Pavo cristatus (photo from Wikimedia Commons)

When we think of birds we take feathers for granted. But what do we really know?

How do feathers grow? What holds them on the bird? How are feathers replaced? Do feathers have nerves in them? How do they become curved?

On Throw Back Thursday, find the answers in this vintage article: Feather Facts.

(photo from Wikimedia Commons; click on the caption to see the original)