Here are some colorful facts about birds that you will love.
Bird lovers all over the world will enjoy these facts.
20 Facts About Birds
- Only one mammal can fly: the bat However, it flies differently from the bird. Insects also do not fly the same as birds.
- The seagulls in the Alfred Hitchcock movie The Birds (1963) were fed a mixture of wheat and whisky so they would stand around and not fly too much.
- To attract a mate, a male Frigate bird will blow up its red throat pouch. The pouch can be as big as a person’s head.
- The most dangerous bird in the world is the Cassowary. With one kick it can kill its enemy.
- Woodcocks and many ducks have their eyes placed at the sides of their heads so that they have a 360-degree field of vision.
- Lighthouses are dangerous for birds. The beams attract birds, especially in misty conditions, and many are killed when they fly into the glass.
- The fastest level flight by a bird has been seen in both the Spine-tailed Swift and the Red-breasted Merganser (a duck). They have flown at 100 mph (161 kph) in level flight.
- A Ruby-throated Hummingbird, which weighs less than 0.2 oz., has to beat its wings more than 52 times a second to hover in front of a flower.
- An albatross can soar for as long as six hours without moving its wings.
- The wishbone (or “merrythought” bone) is a bird’s fused collarbone. The strongest fliers have the widest angles in their wishbones. They are the only vertebrate animals to have a fused collarbone.
- Oilbirds are the only birds that use echolocation the way that bats do. However, bats are much better at it. A bat can even fly through the blades of a moving fan. Oilbirds are also the only nocturnal fruit-eating birds in the world.
- The fastest flying bird in a dive is the Peregrine Falcon. It averages speeds of over 110 mph (180 kph).
- The Emperor Penguin is the only bird that lays its eggs in the middle of winter. By laying its eggs so early, it gives its young a head start. The babies need all spring, summer, and fall to grow big enough to survive the next winter.
- The ostrich is the only bird that willingly takes care of other females’ eggs.
- The song of a European wren is made of more than 700 different notes a minute and can be heard 1,650 feet (500 m) away.
- Approximately 75% of wild birds live for less than a year. The larger the bird, the more likely it is to live longer. The large wandering albatross, for example, can live for up to 80 years.
- A bird’s feathers weigh more than its skeleton.
- Flamingos pair for a lifetime. Some stay with their mates for 50 years or more.
- In the United States alone, there are over 40 million pet birds.
- The heaviest bird of prey is the Andean condor. It can weigh up to 27 lb. (12 kg.).
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