Top 50 Bird Facts

TOP 50 BIRD FACTS

  • 1 #DidYouKnow? BIRDS can actually fly backwards…well some of them, the Hummingbird is able to fly backwards.
  • 2 #DidYouKnow? BIRDS all lay eggs and the smallest bird egg in the world, is the one of the Hummingbird.
  • 3 #DidYouKnow? BIRDS are usually able to fly BUT it has been tested that generally a bird needs to way below 15 kg for efficient flying.
  • 4 #DidYouKnow? BIRDS – The Royal Albatross’ eggs can take anywhere up to 79 days to start hatching.
  • 5 #DidYouKnow? BIRDS have bones just like humans but they are all hollow, which gives them the ability to fly.
  • 6 #DidYouKnow? BIRDS do not have the best life expectancy, although the oldest recorded bird survived to be 80 years old.
  • 7 #DidYouKnow? BIRDS specifically Flamingo, used to live in South Australia over 20 million years ago but disappeared with climate change.
  • 8 #DidYouKnow? BIRDS specially the Woodpecker can actually peck their beak at up to 20 times per second.
  • 9 #DidYouKnow? BIRDS specially the Ostrich, generally only stick their heads into the sand when they are looking for water, not when scared
  • 10 #DidYouKnow? BIRDS can be extremely strong, as an Eagle can fly away with a young deer in its claws.
  • 11 #DidYouKnow? BIRDS have connections with humans, as the Honey Bird will lead humans to a bee hive in exchange for some honey.
  • 12 #DidYouKnow? BIRDS specifically the Barn Owl can eat a large rat whole and then regurgitate a pellet that contains the rats bones & fur.
  • 13 #DidYouKnow? BIRDS feathers actually weigh more than their skeleton does.
  • 14 #DidYouKnow? BIRDS in the wild have a poor life expectancy, with only 25% of wild bird surviving past the age of 6 months.
  • 15 #DidYouKnow? BIRDS that don’t fly but have wings: Penguins, Ostriches, Emus and Dodo birds.
  • 16 #DidYouKnow? BIRDS specially falcons, can swoop down onto prey at over 320 km/h (3 times faster than high way speed limits)
  • 17 #DidYouKnow? BIRDS are defined by their feathers but also, every bird reproduces by laying eggs.
  • 18 #DidYouKnow? BIRDS eggs can hard boil in minute but the ostrich egg needs 2 hours for it to be hard-boiled.
  • 19 #DidYouKnow? BIRDS are definitely not the only animal capable of flight, as a lot of animals glide as transport.
  • 20 #DidYouKnow? BIRDS are known to migrate, however only around 20% of bird species migrate long distances every year.
  • 21 #DidYouKnow? BIRDS specially the Pelican can hold up to 11 kilograms of fish and water in the bill that is located below their beak.
  • 22 #DidYouKnow? BIRDS generally have 1 yolk but the most in a bird egg (excluding a chicken) was 7.
  • 23 #DidYouKnow? BIRDS specifically the Roadrunner will basically eat anything that they can catch.
  • 24 #DidYouKnow? BIRDS are everywhere around us. At any given time, there is almost 2 billion living birds on the planet.
  • 25 #DidYouKnow? BIRDS specifically the Wren can bring up to 500 spiders and caterpillars to its nestlings during a single afternoon forage.
  • 26 #DidYouKnow? BIRDS specially ducks fly in a V Shape formation to improve aerodynamics of the bird beyond them to save on energy.
  • 27 #DidYouKnow? BIRDS are completely unable to sweat, so they constantly breathe to cool down.
  • 28 #DidYouKnow? BIRDS can have 1/5 of them made up from ‘air sacs’.
  • 29 #DidYouKnow? BIRDS regular body temperature is well above 40 degrees, which is 7 – 8 degrees hotter than humans.
  • 30 #DidYouKnow? BIRDS specifically the Turkey Vulture will regurgitate its last meal in an attempt to defend itself and scare off predators.
  • 31 #DidYouKnow? BIRDS do have a lowered sense of taste when they are compared to other animals.
  • 32 #DidYouKnow? BIRDS all have got different shaped beaks and this corresponds with the type of food that the bird eats.
  • 33 #DidYouKnow? BIRDS always molt their feathers away and then regrow new ones.
  • 34 #DidYouKnow? BIRDS specially the Canary can actually regenerate their brain cells, unfortunately humans cannot.
  • 35 #DidYouKnow? BIRDS origins, to this day, remain completely unknown to biologists and scientists.
  • 36 #DidYouKnow? BIRDS don’t have any teeth at all to help them eat their food.
  • 37 #DidYouKnow? BIRDS specially the Ruppell’s Vulture has reached an altitude of 11,277 meters high!
  • 38 #DidYouKnow? BIRDS have both top and bottom eyelids (like humans) however flightless birds generally only have a lower eyelid.
  • 39 #DidYouKnow? BIRDS specially the Penguin can’t fly, however they are known to be able to jump as high as 6 feet into the air.
  • 40 #DidYouKnow? BIRDS specially parrots, there are over 350 different types of parrot species in the world.
  • 41 #DidYouKnow? BIRDS all lay eggs and the largest bird eggs in the world, are the ones from an Ostrich.
  • 42 #DidYouKnow? BIRDS have some species that have the great intellect that allows them to create and use tools.
  • 43 #DidYouKnow? BIRDS specially the Madagascar Elephant Bird once laid an egg that weighed 12.3 kg’s.
  • 44 #DidYouKnow? BIRDS must move their entire head when they want to look in different directions, instead of just moving their eyes.
  • 45 #DidYouKnow? BIRDS have one of the largest species, with there being over 9,865 different bird species in the world.
  • 46 #DidYouKnow? BIRDS always have wings, besides 1. The worlds only wingless bird is the Kiwi of New Zealand.
  • 47 #DidYouKnow? BIRDS commonly have anywhere between 1,500 to 3,000 feathers on their body.
  • 48 #DidYouKnow? BIRDS specially the Goose is known as a ‘Gaggle’ when on the ground and ‘Skein’ when flying through the air.
  • 49 #DidYouKnow? BIRDS specifically the Baltimore Oriole can eat up to a massive 17 hairy caterpillars within a single minute.
  • 50 #DidYouKnow? BIRDS come in a lot of different breeds but the most common bird is the chicken.
  • 51 #DidYouKnow? BIRDS have got unique feathers. There are no other animals in the world that have feathers and isn’t a bird.
  • 52 #DidYouKnow? BIRDS heart beats 400 times per minute while at rest and up to 1,000 beats per minute while flying.

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