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40 bizarre and interesting facts about birds
We see birds every day, but the average person doesn't know much about them. That's why we created this list of 40 bizarre and interesting facts about birds. Use this list to learn more about these majestic creatures.
1. Around two thirds of all bird species are found in tropical rainforests.
2. There are over 9,500 species of birds worldwide. Most researchers divide them into 30 different categories.
3. Birds are the most widespread animal in the world.
4. The longest feathers ever seen in Japan were seen on a chicken. They were 34.7 feet or 10.59 meters long.
5. Hoatzin chicks, a species of bird, have two claws on each wing. With these claws they climb out of their nest and cling to mangrove trees. As they get older, they lose their claws but are still bad fliers.
6. Most birds don't have bladders to hold urine in. The researchers believe that this is due to the fact that it makes them less light and therefore easier for them to fly.
7. In contrast to most animals, birds do not produce liquid urine, but a white, pasty substance.
8. Ostriches differ from all other bird species in that they have a complete separation of feces and urine, but they still do not have a bladder like most mammals.
9. A bird's lungs take up much more space in their body than those of a human. For example, a human's lungs make up one-twentieth of their body, while a bird makes up one-fifth.
10. Owls cannot roll their eyes, so they move their heads completely and see behind them.
11. Owls also have soft fringes on their wings. This makes them almost noiseless when flying.
12. The Australian pelican has the longest bill of any other bird in the world. Its bill is nearly 2 feet or 0.5 meters long.
13. The hummingbird charged with the sword is the only bird with a four-inch beak whose bill is longer than its body.
14. In the United States alone, between 1.4 and 3.7 billion birds of all types of cats are killed annually.
fifteen. Most birds, however, sing, a woodpecker pounding its beak against a tree. Other woodpeckers can then tell exactly which bird it is by drumming.
16. The kiwi is the only bird that has nostrils at the end of its beak. This helps them smell foods like worms and insects on the ground. You can also often hear it clearing its nostrils.
17. Most birds, like the star, sing in tones too high for humans.
18. The African gray parrot is the most talkative bird in the world. A parrot can say more than 800 words while most species of parrot can only say 50.
19. The larger the bird species, the longer it takes for the offspring to hatch. For example, emu chicks take 60 days to hatch, while small songbirds only take 2 weeks to hatch.
20. The Japanese hooded ibis is one of the rarest birds in the world. There are fewer than 50 crested ibises today.
21. A green woodpecker can eat around 2,000 ants per day.
22. The whistling swan has up to 25,000 feathers, which is the most feathers of any other bird species.
23. Compared to whistling swans, hummingbirds only have 1,000 or fewer feathers.
24. Falconry occurred in East and Central Asia about 4,000 years ago. It was used to hunt animals that were out of the reach of a hunter's weapon. Some reports say Genghis Khan had 10,000 falcons.
25. Coal miners used canaries to find poisonous carbon monoxide throttles in the mine when they realized a canary needed to be put out of action immediately.
26. A pelican's large beak can hold up to 2.5 gallons of water. The beak will shrink to squeeze out all of the water before the pelican swallows its food.
27. The Marsh Warbler can imitate more than 80 different species of birds. Mockingbirds and lyrebirds are also known for their ability to mimic other species of birds.
28. The bee hummingbird lays the smallest egg in the world. Its egg is under 0.5 inches and 0.25 inches and weighs less than 0.02 ounces.
29. The Lammergeyer vultures soar high in the air with bones in their mouths before falling onto rocks. It will then eat the shattered bones.
30. At 7 inches by 5 inches and weighing about 3 pounds, the ostrich egg is the largest egg in the world.
31. The largest egg compared to the size of the mother is laid by the kiwi bird. The egg is one third the weight of the actual female bird.
32. The malleefowl bird will make a large compost heap for its nest. Then she hatches her eggs through the heat of the rotting vegetation.
33. The Andean condor is the heaviest bird of prey. It weighs up to 27 pounds or 12 kilograms.
34. With an adult breeding population of 1.5 billion pairs, the red-billed quelea is the most common wild bird in the world.
35. Most researchers believe that modern birds evolved from dinosaurs during the Mesozoic Era about 150 million years ago.
36. Flamingos are known to create mating pairs that will last a lifetime. Some flamingos stay together for 50 years or more.
37. A bird's feather weighs more than its skeleton.
38. About 75% of wild birds do not live longer than a year. Usually, the larger the size of the bird, the longer it lives. For example, the wandering albatross is known to be up to 80 years old.
39. Gentoo penguins are the fastest swimming birds. They can reach a speed of 22 miles per hour or 36 kilometers per hour.
40. Emperor penguins are known to stay underwater for up to 18 minutes.
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