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A healthy budgie's ears are
not visible, in fact they're hidden by the feathers. But where are a
bird's ears? They're
located on either side of the head, just a few millimetres away from the
eyes. But bird ears are not easy to spot since budgies and other birds don't have
auricles. Their ears are
holes in their skulls and what you can see when you shift the feathers
is the auditory canal. During their first days of their lives, young budgies
are naked and their ears are visible. The photo on the right shows an
adult budgie who suffers from a severe disease that is responsible for
the loss of the feathers. This is a rare case in which one can see an
adult bird's ear so clearly. The photo below shows a budgie who has
just taken a bath . While the plumage is wet, one can often spot the
Please note: Some birds such as Long-eared owls seem to have ears on top of their head like you know them from mammals such as hares. But these "ears" are no ears at all, they're just feathers standing upright. The anatomy of an owl doesn't differ much from a budgie's anatomy, so an owl's ears are very similar to a budgie's ears: They're holes in the skull that are hidden by the plumage.
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