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Understanding Waterfowl: Waterfowl Feathers

Feathers are indeed among the defining characteristics of waterfowl and other birds. Birds, in fact, are the only animals that have feathers. And while feathers have many specialized functions, their most important jobs are to protect birds from the elements and to enable flight. In bitter cold, wintry conditions feathers are a duck's first line of defense.

Photo Essay: Waterfowl Feathers

Enjoy the vibrance and beauty of waterfowl feathers

Birds of a Feather

Waterfowl rely on their feathers for much more than flying.
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