Sep 17 2010

Anatomy: Wattle

Published by at 7:00 am under Bird Anatomy

Before I began researching this lesson I thought a wattle was merely the fleshy skin that hangs from the throats of some birds.  But according to Wikipedia a wattle "is a fleshy dewlap or caruncle hanging from various parts of the head or neck in several groups of birds, goats and other animals."

That means these roosters have wattles (the red fleshy flaps) hanging from their throats and from their cheeks.

The tall rooster has more to tell us.  He'll be back next week.


(photo by Ron Proctor on Wikimedia Commons.  Click on the image to see the original and its attribution.)

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4 Responses to “Anatomy: Wattle”

  1. NDPeteron 17 Sep 2010 at 7:59 am

    I don’t know about that rooster starring in next week’s lesson. His hair is a little wild so perhaps we better have a lesson on combs! 🙂

  2. Tracion 17 Sep 2010 at 9:04 am


  3. Marianneon 17 Sep 2010 at 9:09 am

    I wonder if the tall rooster will be talking about combs… 🙂

    Great anatomy articles with such appropriate pics and so interesting!

  4. barbaraon 17 Sep 2010 at 3:46 pm

    What a startling beautiful photo of the chickens! — barbara

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