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A preening stork-billed kingfisher

In order to fly at peak performance, birds must carefully maintain their feathers. This means removing dirt, excess oil, and parasites. Birds do this by running their bill from the base of a feather to the tip, a proc...

Golden Kingdoms: Luxury & Legacy in the Ancient Americas

Emblems of royalty, sacred offerings, ornaments, adornments, and treasures endowed with symbolic significance. Follow the development of goldworking from the Inca Empire, the Aztec Empire, and other ancient civilizati...

How does a penguin launch itself from the sea?

How do emperor penguins launch themselves out of the sea at twice their normal swimming speeds? A mix of biology and physics sends this flightless bird flying... at least briefly: Penguins trap microbubbles within the...

How do baby flamingos become pink?

Watch as downy gray flamingo chicks are fed bright red milk, a sort of crop milk made from either parents' upper digestive tracts. As the chicks grow, they develop their signature pink feathers, as well as adult bills...

Premières Plumes

High in the mountains, two young bird creatures play on a cliff before one discovers their first feathers. Premières Plumes (2010), a beautiful watercolor-like animation about growing up, a collaboration by LISAA (Par...

Why peregrine falcons are the fastest animals on earth

Peregrine falcons are the fastest animals of the land—and it's no wonder, their bodies are built for speed. While cheetahs can run up to 70 mph on land, peregrine falcons can dive at speed of over 200 mph. That's fast...

Bequeath These Seeds, a blooming brass wire kinetic sculpture

Brass wire and liquid plastic flutter open and close like flowers in time lapse, driven by motorized mechanisms within the wooden scaffolding below. Bequeath These Seeds was created by kinetic sculptor Casey Curran fo...

Dinosaur’s Feathered Tail Found Remarkably Preserved in Amber

This incredibly well-preserved, feather-covered dinosaur tail was found by Beijing-based paleontologist Lida Xing in a northern Myanmar (Burma) amber market. The find is a first: Skeletal material from a dinosaur has ...

An osprey fishing in spectacular super slow motion

Diving down -- practically crashing -- a young osprey hits the water, aiming for and grabbing a trout. But that's just the first part of this hunt. Watch as the osprey tries to take off out of the water with the massi...

Secrets Of The Snowy Owl

Follow the migration path of Baltimore, a young male snowy owl outfitted with a GPS transmitter backpack for a research project called Project Snowstorm. Project Snowstorm's researchers are following the owls by t...

A puffin and its puffling surface from their underground nest

Though puffins spend much of their life at sea, when they nest on land, they nest underground in the Farne Islands and elsewhere around the globe. Their babies are called pufflings, and in this BBC Earth clip from Wor...

Stanford’s one-of-a-kind wind tunnel for birds & drones

An engineering team at Stanford University, lead by engineering professor David Lentink, built a one-of-a-kind wind tunnel in order to observe, measure, and record the minute details of how birds fly. Their goal: To m...

Dinosaurs Among Us – AMNH

Dinosaur nests, eggs, and babies, dinosaur feathers, dinosaur brains and lungs, and dinosaur bones, beaks, and claws all provide evidence that birds are living dinosaurs. In this video from the American Museum of Natu...

Illustrating the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s Wall of Birds

In 2014, artist Jane Kim was commissioned to paint a mural of 270 representative bird species -- including some extinct species, a few dinosaurs, and a black caiman -- on 3,000 square feet (280 square meters) of wall ...

Fine Feathers (1968) – Evelyn Lambart

From Evelyn Lambart, renowned Canadian animator and technical director with the National Film Board of Canada, this is Fine Feathers, a 1968 cut paper animation about two rival birds that trade their plumage for green...

How do we know what color dinosaurs were?

The meat-eating microraptor was a black-feathered, four-winged dinosaur. How do we know its feathers were black? The evidence is in the microraptors' fossils. This TED Ed explains. Plus, more from Wikipedia: In Mar...

What makes owls so quiet & so deadly for prey? – Deep Look

Get a close up look at the sound-muffling feathers of an owl. Add powerful low-light vision and a nocturnal nature, providing her with the cover of darkness, and the owl becomes a stealthy ambush hunter. From KQED's D...

Emperor Penguins Speed Launch Out of the Water

We've seen a video of penguins rocketing out of the water as if powered by jets, but we've never seen it happen from underwater... until now. In this National Geographic clip, photographer Paul Nicklen captures how th...

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