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B.O.P terms

Aves the Latin word for birds; a special class of vertebrates
Binocular vision seeing only one object at a time; both eyes focus on the same object
Bird of prey a carnivorous bird (hawk, falcon, eagle, etc.) that kills and eats small mammals and other birds
Carrion decaying flesh of a dead body
Cere fleshy area above the beak, where the nostrils of most birds are located
Contour feathers stiff feathers designed to cover the wings and body of a bird
Crop a large sac between the esophagus and stomach that stores food until the bird is ready to begin digestion
Down feathers fluffy feathers designed to help insulate and keep a bird warm
Drag anything that hinders or hampers the speed; something that pulls you down
Fledge the rearing of a young bird until it has grown its feathers and is able to fly and leave the nest
Flight feathers special contour feathers that help a bird get off the ground, move in the air, and land safely
Fovea a rodless area of the retina enabling a bird of prey acute vision
Gizzard a special muscle of the stomach that helps the digestive process by grinding and crushing hard-to-digest food; acts like teeth
Keratin a tough, fibrous protein; the basic substance of hair, nails, horns, feathers, shafts, etc.
Molt to shed feathers, skin, horns, etc. before replacement with new growth
Monocular vision seeing two different objects at the same time; a different object per eye
Nictitating membrane a transparent third eyelid hinged at the lower lid of the eye of raptors, and closes laterally across the eye
Ornithologist an individual that studies birds
Pellet the unusable and undigested material that a bird cannot process for nutrients, and is regurgitated in the form of a pellet
Preening a process that most birds do with an oil secreted from a special gland; involves rubbing the oil over its feathers to protect them
Raptor of or belonging to a group of birds of prey, such as hawks, eagles, falcons, vultures, owls, etc.; Latin word meaning to seize or capture
Shaft the stem of a feather; the hollow tube that holds the feathers together and in place
Talons the lethal weapons of raptors; powerful feet with toes (usually three or four) having sharp ends
Vertebrates an animal with a backbone or spinal column
Warm-blooded being able to control and maintain a constant body temperature even when the temperature of the environment changes
Wings either of the paired organs of flight of a bird, bat, insect, etc.
Created by: WSamarra5