Media Hunt #2: Peacock Feathers

While it may not seem evident at first, the feathers of a peacock, or any bird feather, show some amount of a fractal pattern.  A feather’s fractal nature does not repeat infinitely, only a few times.  The feather has a main vein off which many barbs extend.  Off of these barbs, extend barbules, and then off the barbules are tiny hooklets.  It is these hooklets which hold the barbules, and therefore the barbs, together giving the feather the shape that we see.  Fractals can be found everywhere in nature, and here we see them found in birds.  The peacock is an especially beautiful bird where the feathers themselves are not only fractals, but also create an exquisite pattern with the other feathers.

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