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47 Amazing Bird Facts You Were Unaware | Amazing Facts 4U

  1. All birds have backbone and have lungs to breathe. They are only mammals with feather.
  2. Amazingly ninety percent of all species that have become extinct have been birds.
  3. Birds do not have sweat glands, so their bodies cannot cool down through perspiration. Their bodies cool by flight or, when at rest, panting.
  4. Birds save energy by flying in a “V” formation.
  5. The average minimal speed of birds in order to remain aloft in flight is reported to be about 11 miles per hour.
  6. Amazingly a bird sees everything at once in total focus. Whereas the human eye is globular and must adjust to varying distances, the bird’s eye is flat and can take in everything at once in a single glance.
  7. Birds do not sleep in their nests, although they may rest in them from time to time.
  8. A bird’s heart beats 400 times per minute while resting and 1000 times per minute while flying.
  9. Amazingly if birds are sent into space , they can’t survive as they need gravity to swallow.
  10. Birds are largely unaffected by spicy things, like chilies, as they not sensitive to capsaicin, the hot stuff in chilies.
  11. At any given time, there are anywhere between one and two billion living birds on the planet.
  12. Amazing fact is that a bird’s feathers weigh more than its skeleton does.
  13. The shape of a bird’s beak directly corresponds to the type of diet it eats in the wild.
  14. Birds bend their ‘knees’ backwards because those are actually their ankles!
  15. 90 % of bird species are monogamous.
  16. Amazing fact is that birds’ lungs work like a jet engine as they inject air at one end and is exhausted from the other end! Their air sacs allow them to have a unidirectional air flow unlike humans who have bidirectional flow of air.
  17. The Arctic Tern is a bird that flies the circumference of the Earth every year. Their migratory pattern brings them from their traditional breeding ground in the Arctic to their winter home in the Antarctic. Amazingly this is the longest annual migration trip taken by any bird in the world. The Arctic tern flies an average of 22,000 miles a year! In it’s lifespan it can end up flying over 30 times around the circumference of the Earth.
  18. Bluebirds can’t see the color Blue.
  19. Pulse rate of a canary is 1000.
  20. Amazing fact is that a Clark’s Nutcracker (bird) can store up to 30,000 pine nuts for the winter in over 6,000 different locations across 300 square miles and remember where at least 70% of them are, finding them even if they’re snow covered.
  21. Amazingly crows recognize individual human faces and can hold a grudge if you treat them badly.
  22. Crows crush ants and rub the remains all over their body! Amazingly the reason crows do this is because ant blood contains Formic Acid that helps keep away parasites!
  23. A duck can’t walk without bobbing its head.
  24. A duck’s quack doesn’t echo and no one knows why.
  25. Some ducks and geese can fly as much as 332 miles a day!
  26. The Australian emu holds the land speed record for birds at about 50 kilometres per hour.
  27. Flamingos can only eat with their heads upside down.
  28. The reason why flamingos are pink is because they eat shrimp which have a red pigment
  29. Flamingoes live remarkably long lives , up to 80 years.
  30. Amazing fact is that Hummingbirds from Family Trochilidae have been recorded in experiments, hovering for 50 minutes at one place.
  31. The two-foot long bird called a Kea that lives in New Zealand likes to eat the strips of rubber around car windows!
  32. Amazing fact is that the Kiwi, national bird of New Zealand, can’t fly and lays only 1 egg each year. Despite this, it has survived for more than 70 million years.
  33. Kiwi birds are blind, they hunt only by smell.
  34. The Mallee Fowl Leipoa ocellata of Australia builds a mound for a nest. These mounds have been measured at 4.57 m high and 10.6 m long. A mound this size means the bird moved 250 cubic metres of vegetation and 300 tonnes of soil.
  35. Mockingbirds can imitate any sound from a squeaking door to a cat meowing.
  36. Amazing fact is that Peacock feathers are actually brown. The colors are an optical illusion!
  37. A pelican consumes about one third of its body weight in a single meal.
  38. The pelican uses the funny looking pouch under its lower beak for catching fish. It does this by swooshing into the water and scooping up as many fish as possible.
  39. Amazingly Emperor Penguins (Aptenodytes forester) make the deepest dive of any bird ranging from 444 – 483 m. They also stay under water the longest. The maximum dive time recorded has been 18 minutes.
  40. Pigeons can be killed by feeding them uncooked rice, either because their stomach can’t handle the carbohydrates or it swells in their throats and chokes them.
  41. The female pigeon cannot lay eggs if she is alone. She must be able to see another pigeon even her own reflection for her ovaries to function.
  42. Amazing fact is that despite being a nine-inch-tall bird, the roadrunner can run as fast as a human sprinter.
  43. Seagull can drink salt water as it has special glands to filter out the salt.
  44. Amazingly the swan has over 25,000 feathers in its body.
  45. Swifts , Doves , Falcons and Sandpipers can approach speeds of 200 miles per hour.
  46. Amazing fact is that a woodchuck breathes 2,100 times an hour, but it only breathes ten times an hour while it is hibernating.
  47. A woodpecker can peck twenty times a second.

By Amazing Facts 4U Team

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