Interesting information about birds
It is reported that the oldest parrot - at 104 years of age - was a blue and gold macaw named Charlie.
At any given time, there may be anywhere between one and two billion living birds on the planet.
Migratory bird species fly in formation to conserve energy - much like driving in a larger vehicle's slipstream can reduce the amount of petrol you require.
Some parrot species fly over 800km a day in the wild to forage for food.
Birds have a reduced sense of taste as compared to other animals, and science has yet to definitively prove that all bird species have a sense of smell.
A bird's feathers weigh more than its skeleton does.
The shape of a bird's beak directly corresponds to the type of diet it eats in the wild.
The smallest bird egg belongs to the hummingbird and is the size of a pea. The largest bird egg, from which the ostrich hatches, is the size of a cantaloupe.
A bird's eye takes up about 50 percent of its head; our eyes take up about five percent of our head. To be comparable to a bird's eyes, our eyes would have to be the size of baseballs.
The penguin is the only bird that can swim, but not fly. It is also the only bird that walks upright.
Owls turn their heads almost 360 degrees (a complete circle) but they cannot move their eyes.
Chickens have over 200 distinct noises they make for communicating.
When it comes to birds, the males tend to have the more glamorous feather shape, coloration, songs, and dances. Female birds choose their mate based on how attractive they find them!
The first bird domesticated by humans was the goose.
Kiwi birds are blind, so they hunt by smell.
The common phrase "eat like a bird" should mean something quite different! Many birds eat twice their weight in food each day. In fact, a bird requires more food in proportion to its size than a baby or a cat.
A group of larks is called an exaltation, a group of chickens is called a peep, a group of geese is called a gaggle, a group of ravens is called a murder, and a group of owls is called a parliament.
Crows have the largest cerebral hemispheres (brains), relative to body size, of any avian family.
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