how thick the down feathers are. They look more like fur than
- As the outer
feathers grow in, this down will be covered up by "contour
feathers"--the feathers that will give it that distinctive
eagle appearance. It will take 3 or 4 years for this bird to
grow white feathers on its head and tail.
Do you see
a little bulge on the bird's chest, on its right side?
- That is
where the bird's "crop" is. The crop is like a little
sack that sticks out of the esophagus-the tube from the mouth
and throat down into the stomach.
eagle can swallow huge chunks of food, even bigger
stomach can hold because the extra food goes into its crop.
Little by little, as the bird's stomach empties, more food
goes into it from the crop.
this bird had a good breakfast!