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Following is our collection of super amazing and curious facts and details explaining Feathering. This list is intended for research in school, for college students or just to feed your brain with. Possible use cases are in quizzes, differences, homework facts legend, cover facts, and many more. But nevertheless learn why is Feathering so important!

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Top 10 Feathering facts that will blow your mind.

  1. Scientists discovered a dinosaur tail perfectly preserved in amber. It is full of feathers.

  2. Doves are just pigeons that have the gene for white feathers. Outside of this there are no biological distinctions between the two.

  3. It is illegal to collect or possess eagle feathers in the United States, and only enrolled members of a federally recognized Native American tribe may legally possess them.

  4. In 1504 a German knight named Götz von Berlichingen lost his right arm when enemy cannon fire forced his own sword against him. He had two mechanical hands made for him, capable of holding a shield to a feathered pen. He was then known as Götz of the Iron Hand.

  5. We've discovered the first ever part of a dinosaur preserved in amber and that yes it is feathered.

  6. Owl is known for the silent flight. Where other birds have stiff feathers that make a whooshing sound when they fly, owl feathers have soft edges that allow the birds to fly silently.This is important for owls, as they can swoop down on prey without being heard.

  7. When a bald eagle loses a feather on one wing, it molts a matching feather on the other wing.

  8. The tail feathers of Birds of Paradise are so black that they absorb 99.95% of all light, just .01% less than the blackest human-made nanomaterial, and help make brightly-colored patches stand out more during mating dances

  9. Scientists discovered a dinosaur tail perfectly preserved in Amber. It still had its feathers

  10. Paleontologists found a 99-million year old tick entombed in amber and grasping the feather of a dinosaur

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Interesting definitions that can be fact checked.

The Order of the White Feather. During WW1 women would shame non-uniformed men, giving them a white feather for cowardice. One recipient was George Samson who was on his way in civilian clothes to be awarded the Victoria Cross for gallantry in the Gallipoli campaign.

Macaroni' was an 18th century expression for fops who dressed in high fashion with tall, powdered wigs. The joke being made in "Yankee Doodle" is that Americans were allegedly naive enough to believe that a feather in the hat was a sufficient mark of a macaroni.

Chichen Itza was constructed so that on the spring and autumn equinox it creates the image of a snake slithering down the pyramid to honor the Mayan deity Kukulan, the Feathered Serpent.

The Ayam Cemani. A rare chicken breed with a gene that causes hyperpigmentation giving the chicken entirely black feathers, flesh, organs, and even bones.

When a bald eagle loses a feather, it will automatically shed the same feather on it's other side to maintain balance.

Zoos save feathers that come off many of their birds and have them distributed to Native American tribes for their religious ceremonies.

Owls fly silently due to specially designed edges of their primary feathers. When most birds fly, turbulence from air gushing over their wings creating noise. However, owls have their primary feathers serrated like a comb, which divides turbulence into tiny currents aka micro-turbulences.

For a science fair experiment in 1969, a 14 year old scientist used genes to change chicken feathers from white to partially black, which his teacher said was playing God.

Contrary to everything Jurassic park taught me. Velociraptor was about the size of a modern domesticated Turkey, had feathers and would have had trouble taking down a poodle.

When the bees in a region of China disappeared, people pollinated apple trees by hand using brushes made of chopsticks and chicken feathers. When humans pollinated, apple production increased 30-40%.

Dinosaur feathers aren't just visually apparent in fossils, but have actually been found preserved in amber.

Falcons on the Moroccan island of Mogador catch small birds, then remove their flight and tail feathers and imprison them in crevasses in the rock to eat later.

Scientists discovered a perfectly preserved feathered dinosaur tail in a polished piece of Amber, after the jewellery seller initially thought it was just "plant material"

Velociraptors were really only the size of an average dog and had feathers. The Jurassic Park movies took the name and applied it to another dinosaur from the raptor family.

Due to declining bee populations in Sichuan China from excessive pesticide use, farmers now have to pollinate their crops by hand using chicken feathers.

Owls have serrations on the edge of their flight feathers, allowing an owl's flight to be practically silent. Some fish-eating owls, for which silence has no evolutionary advantage, lack this adaptation.

Fulmars, a type of seabird, vomit a putrid fishy oil on their assailants in self-defense. Not only does it smell horrific, but it's lethal to predatory birds because it permanently glues their feathers together.

Quill nobs have been found on Velociraptor fossils, proving they had feathers.

New ponds can be naturally stocked with new fish through birds carrying fish eggs from one pond to another on their feathers or feet.

Rhythm 0, a six-hour work by performance artist Marina Abramović. The audience was invited to do whatever they wished to and/or with the artist, using one of 72 objects she had placed on a table for this purpose including a rose, feather, scalpel, metal bar, and a gun loaded with one bullet.

The waves created by a moving body in water, be it a duck or a ship(called feather waves) are always at an angle of 19.47 degrees to the direction of motion, irrespective of the speed

The Macaronis were young English men who adopted feminine mannerisms and highly extravagant attire. They were members of the Macaroni Club, and wore a feather in their hats. They also wore two fob watches: "one to tell what time it was and the other to tell what time it was not".

'Tar and Feathering' wasn't fatal because it was done with pine tar not the asphalt type in modern times

When Sir Richard Owen (a critic of evolution by natural selection) bought a recently discovered Archaeopteryx feather, he was embarrassed to discover it was a missing link between reptiles and birds, which contradicted his belief that God had created the species by tweaking 'archetypes'.

Shuttlecocks, the projectiles used in Badminton, are made from feathers taken from only the left wing of a bird; this ensures they rotate counter-clockwise.