birding-aus Birds feet and hot/cold perches

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Subject: birding-aus Birds feet and hot/cold perches
From: Anne & Roger Green <>
Date: Tue, 09 Mar 1999 11:28:23 +1030

Hello all.
Reading Wim's latest prose-poem I was reminded of something that has
puzzled me for some time ie. are birds' feet sensitive to extreme
temperatures and if not, why not? Why don't Emperor Penguins and other
ice-sitters get frost bite and should I be concerned if a cockatoo
patient prefers to sit on a metal perch in hot or cold weather, in
preference to a wooden one? (They usually have a choice).
A not-too-technical response would be most appreciated, if possible.
Thanking you in anticipation.
 Anne & Roger A. Green
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