Birds are beautiful and yet often fragile creatures. But what if these amazing creatures weren’t so fragile? The challenge this week is to design an armored bird. The restriction is that bird must be flightless. Think about the type of armor that bird might have. Scales, carapaces, shells and exoskeletons are all open season here. So let’s get out of our shells, then.
- The creature must be identifiable as a bird
- The bird must be flightless
- The bird should have some kind of natural armor (scales, shell, keratin plates etc.)
Q: does the armor have to be a natural part of the bird, or can the armor also be a structure or part of some kind of structure the bird has built onto itself, in much the same way caddis larvae or even hermit crabs do?