Feathers: Not Just for Flying
Melissa Stewart & Sarah Brannen
Charlesbridge, 2014 (2014)
Reviewed by Bob Walch
oung readers will be surprised to discover that feathers serve multiple functions. They not only act as a blanket for a bird, and can be used to line a nest, but for some species the wings and feathers are also used like an umbrella to block out the sun so the bird can locate fish and frogs when it is standing in a pond or swamp.
ince birds can't slather sunscreen over themselves, feathers serve a similar function and protect their delicate skin from the sun's powerful rays. Feathers can also soak up water, which means baby birds will have a supply of water when a parent returns to the nest. Some birds, like the American bittern, can use their feathers, or rather powder from their feathers to scour away dirt and grime that sticks to their bodies.
eathers can be used for protection. While some feathers act as camouflage, there are some species where feathers can be used to distract a predator. The list of functions bird feathers play is longer, but this gives you an idea of what you'll discover as you read this fascinating paperback.
ou'll also learn that there are different kinds and sizes of feathers and you'll meet sixteen different types of birds as you delve into the world of feathers.
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