Mother Nature never fails to continuously fascinate us with her wonders, including birds — from the biggest to smallest ones, from high-flying to the flightless birds, from birds of prey to fowls. Check out our awesome bird facts you need to know!
Sadly, there are only about 68,000 kiwis in New Zealand. It means that the country loses about 20 kiwis per week.
These mostly nocturnal birds are the only birds with nostrils at the end of its long beak. Their nostrils are useful in sniffing for possible food, especially insects, when their beaks are buried into the ground.
These amazing birds can fly thousands of miles as they migrate!
Birds definitely do not deserve to be some sort of “influence” for the insult “bird-brain.” They are found to have intelligence and cognitive skills! Many species such as woodpeckers, ravens, warblers, owls and parrots are known for their use of tools for building nests as well as for catching prey.
Out of the 9,864 bird species:
– 1,227 are threatened with extinction
– 838 are near threatened
– 7,735 are of least concern
– 65 are considered not having enough data to determine its status.
As of 2009, there are 50 billion chickens around the world. These numbers come from the factory farms alone and do not include chickens from privately owned farms.
Its fossils were found in the Late Jurassic Solnhofen limestone in southern Germany. Many scientists believe that Archaeopteryx lithographica is the missing link between dinosaurs and birds.
Swallows, storks, and turtle doves are just a few examples of migratory birds.
There are also bats, the only mammals that can fly, as well as winged insects that fly with great distances.
In addition, birds are always bipedal, have four-chambered hearts, and have a high metabolic rate. They belong to the class Aves (Latin word for “birds”).
At one point you have asked why birds are more lightweight compared to other vertebrates. It’s because they have hollow bones which help them lighten their weight as well as to fly. Despite having hollow bones, they are nevertheless durable. Another thing about bird bones is that they are remarkably fewer than those of other animals because they are practically fused together.
The fossils of the early birds do not have enough data to back up evolutionary biologists to help them conclude which group of reptiles did the birds evolve from.
No other group of animals have feathers, only birds. If you see an animal having a feather, then you can be sure that it is a bird.
Not do only feathers help most species of birds to fly, they also protect these creatures from other elements such as weather.
Using pigeons as messengers began to exist as early as 5th B.C. in Syria and Persia (now Iran) as being their only source of large-scale communication network.
Not only do they fly back and forth, but up and down as well — and with speed at that! Unlike other birds, hummingbirds can rotate their wings to help them fly and hover in this manner. They use this amazing ability to catch nectar while in flight.