Data from: Contributions of feather microstructure to eider down insulation properties

Liliana D'Alba, Thomas Holm Carlsen, Árni Ásgeirsson, Matthew D. Shawkey & Jon Einar Jonsson
Insulation is an essential component of nest structure that helps provide incubation requirements for birds. Many species of waterfowl breed in high latitudes where rapid heat loss can necessitate a high energetic input from parents and use down feathers to line their nests. Common eider Somateria mollissima nest down has exceptional insulating properties but the microstructural mechanisms behind the feather properties have not been thoroughly examined. Here, we hypothesized that insulating properties of nest down...
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