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facts about BOP

what are aves? the Latin word for birds; a special class of vertebrates
what is binocular vision? seeing only one object at a time; both eyes focus on the same object
what is a bird of prey? a carnivorous bird (hawk, falcon, eagle, etc.) that kills and eats small mammals and other birds
what is a carrion? decaying flesh of a dead body
what is a cere? fleshy area above the beak, where the nostrils of most birds are located
what are contour feathers? stiff feathers designed to cover the wings and body of a bird
what is a crop? a large sac between the esophagus and stomach that stores food until the bird is ready to begin digestion
what are down feathers? fluffy feathers designed to help insulate and keep a bird warm
what is a drag? anything that hinders or hampers the speed; something that pulls you down
what is the fledge? the rearing of a young bird until it has grown its feathers and is able to fly and leave the nest
what are flight feathers special contour feathers that help a bird get off the ground, move in the air, and land safely
what is a fovea? a rodless area of the retina enabling a bird of prey acute vision
what is a gizzard? a special muscle of the stomach that helps the digestive process by grinding and crushing hard-to-digest food; acts like teeth
what is a keratin? a tough, fibrous protein; the basic substance of hair, nails, horns, feathers, shafts, etc.
what is molt? to shed feathers, skin, horns, etc. before replacement with new growth
what is monocular vision? seeing two different objects at the same time; a different object per eye
what is nictitating membrane? a transparent third eyelid hinged at the lower lid of the eye of raptors, and closes laterally across the eye
what is an ornithologist? an individual that studies birds
what is a pellet? - the unusable and undigested material that a bird cannot process for nutrients, and is regurgitated in the form of a pellet
what is 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
what is a 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
what is a shaft? the stem of a feather; the hollow tube that holds the feathers together and in place
what are talons? the lethal weapons of raptors; powerful feet with toes (usually three or four) having sharp ends
what are vertibrates? an animal with a backbone or spinal column
what is warm-blooded? being able to control and maintain a constant body temperature even when the temperature of the environment changes
what are wings? either of the paired organs of flight of a bird, bat, insect, etc.
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