Glossary

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Facial disc - 

An area of very short feathers that radiate out from the eyes like the spokes of a wheel. This special feather arrangement helps send sound to the birds ears. All owls have a facial discAn area of very short feathers that radiate out from the eyes like the spokes of a wheel. This special feather arrangement helps send sound to the birds ears. All owls have a facial disc..

Fauna - 

All the animals in a particular place or period of time.

Feces - 

Waste matter discharged from the intestines. Also called excrement, scatAn animal's fecal droppings., or droppingsThe dung, or fecal matter, of animals..

Feline - 

Any member of the cat family. House cats, tigers, and lynx are all felines.

Feral - 

DomesticDescribing an animal kept by people as a pet, for work, or other reasons. Sheep and goats found on farms are domestic, those found in the wild are not. animals that have escaped and reverted to a wild (untamed) state.

Flagship species - 

A speciesA group of individuals that have many of the same characteristics, and are different from all other animals in some important way. Hamsters and mice are two different species of rodent. that is popular with humans that can be the focus for conservationThe wise use, care, and protection of natural resources, including plants and animals. efforts. The giant panda is an example of a flagship speciesA species that is popular with humans that can be the focus for conservation efforts. The giant panda is an example of a flagship species for bamboo forest habitat. for bamboo forestAn area with many trees. habitatWhere an animal or plant normally lives and grows..

Fledge/Fledgling - 

Verb: The time when a young birdAn animal that has wings and is covered with feathers. Birds have a backbone, are warm-blooded, produce young from eggs, and walk on their two legs. Most can fly.'s feathers have grown enough to help the birdAn animal that has wings and is covered with feathers. Birds have a backbone, are warm-blooded, produce young from eggs, and walk on their two legs. Most can fly. take its first flight. Noun: A young birdAn animal that has wings and is covered with feathers. Birds have a backbone, are warm-blooded, produce young from eggs, and walk on their two legs. Most can fly. that has just fledged.

Flight feathers - 

Feathers on a birdAn animal that has wings and is covered with feathers. Birds have a backbone, are warm-blooded, produce young from eggs, and walk on their two legs. Most can fly.'s tail or wings that help it to fly. Usually, flight feathersFeathers on a bird's tail or wings that help it to fly. Usually, flight feathers are longer and more rigid than contour feathers. are longer and more rigid than contour feathersThe shorter feathers of a bird (not on the wings or tail) that define the bird's shape..

Flipper - 

A broad, flat limb that helps a marineAble to live in salt water, as ocean fish, whales or polar bears. mammalA warm-blooded animal with a backbone that breathes air, and has at least some hair at some point during its life. The females have glands that produce milk, which they feed to their young., such as a sea lion or dolphin, swim.

Flock - 

A group of birds or mammals. For example: a flockA group of birds or mammals. For example: a flock of sheep; a flock of ducks of sheep; a flockA group of birds or mammals. For example: a flock of sheep; a flock of ducks of ducks

Flora - 

All the plants in a particular place or period of time.

Floristic - 

Concerned with or relating to flowers.

Food chain - 

A model that shows how plants and animals are linked together because each one eats or is eaten by another.

Forage/Foraging - 

Food for animals, usually grasses or leaves, or to look for food; searching for food.

Forest - 

An area with many trees.

Forest floor - 

The ground layer of a rain forestA woodland that receives more than 100 inches (250 centimeters) of rain each year. Tropical rain forests are known for warm temperatures, and have evergreen trees that form a dense, continuous canopy. Temperate rain forests have evergreen and deciduous trees, with temperatures that vary greatly with the season..

Fossorial - 

Adapted for burrowing or digging.

Frugivore - 

Fruit-eater. The ring-tailed lemur is a frugivoreFruit-eater. The ring-tailed lemur is a frugivore..