Birds have a waterproof covering of feathers.
Feathers are both watertight and airtight, as well as waterproof.
Birds have a special gland near their tail. The gland, called the uropygial gland or preen gland, produces oil that makes the bird’s feathers waterproof.
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What does it mean when people say that something is like water off a duck’s back??
A duck has water resistant or waterproof feathers. The drops of water roll off a duck’s back.
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The Little Penguin (Eudyptula minor) is the smallest penguin in the world. It is an aquatic marine bird, or sea bird, found on the coastline of southern Australia and New Zealand. They are often called Fairy Penguins because of their size.
The Little Penguin has blue-black smooth fur with a white underbelly. It has two blue-black flippers (that are white on the underside), which enable them to swim in the ocean. It has a dark-grey beak and pink feet with black webbed soles. It has blue-grey or hazel eyes. It preens (cleans) its feathers to keep them waterproof. Near the tail is an oil gland. They use the oil as waterproofing.
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