Owls’ special feathers for silent flight:
Many species of owls have special flight feathers adapted for silent flight. Owls have developed special feather adaptations that enable them to minimize the sound made when flapping their wings. For instance, the leading edges of their primary feathers have stiff fringes that reduce noise while the trailing edge of their primaries has soft fringes that help to reduce turbulence. Downy feathers cover the surfaces of the wing to further reduce sound.
Scarlet Headed Flowerpecker by Sijanto Nature
Close Up of the the Resplendent Quetzal
Throughout mating season, male quetzals grow twin tail feathers that form an astonishing train up to 3 feet long.
The Resplendent Quetzal is Guatemala’s national bird.
These striking birds are threatened in Guatemala and elsewhere throughout their range.
The resplendent quetzal is considered world’s most beautiful bird mostly finds in vibrantly colored live in the mountainous, tropical forests of Central America where they eat fruit, insects, lizards, and other small creatures. The Resplendent Quetzal belongs to trogon family, and can be found from southern Mexico to western Panama, and it is famous for its colorful plumage.
Hypnotized Baby Owl -