17 Interesting Facts About Birds

The symbol of absolute freedom is best depicted by none other than the loving, feathery, colorful creatures- Birds. Known particularly for their flying ability, these pretty creatures’ take up their flight high, matching up to the vast skies. Here are some interesting facts about birds that would make you want to fly:

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1. The Oldest Bird was discovered during Jurassic Period!

Archaeopteryx lithographica
Archaeopteryx lithographica

The oldest bird ever known to humans lived about 150 million years ago during the Jurassic Period. Known as Archaeopteryx, this magnificent bird was a size of Raven.
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2. The Lovey-Dovey birds!

Lovebirds

Birds like dove, parakeets, and lovebirds which are kept as pets love to stay in pairs for companionship. On the other hand flamingos pair for a lifetime and some of them stay with their mates for more than 50 years. Awwww!!
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3. Birds are last surviving lineage of Dinosaurs!

Allosaurus

Scientists have believed that Birds have evolved from theropod dinosaurs. This is just amazing, don’t you think?
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4. Complicated and Efficient lungs

Bird Lungs

Birds are supposed to have a complicated and efficient pair of lungs and take up more space than humans or any other mammals.
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5. Birds are everywhere

flock of birds

There are nearly 10,000 different bird species making them most widespread creatures around the world. Scientists group them into 30 categories.
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6. Roadrunner is Real

Roadrunner

As kids, we all loved watching Road Runner and Wile E Coyote. Well, our beloved cartoon character of Roadrunner is a real bird found in deserts of Southwest America. They can hardly fly but surely know how to run.
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7. Smart Birds!

Smart Birds

Some birds like Weavers and crows are so smart that they can make and use tools. It is found out that crows have largest cerebral hemispheres (brains), relative to body size.
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8. Bird’s heart doesn’t skip a beat

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The heart of bird beats 400 times per minute while resting and up to 1000 beats per minute while flying.
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9. Female birds are choosy in finding their mate

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It was known that the male birds tend to have more glamorous feather shape, coronation and sing and dance. The females choose their mate on the basis of their looks and how attractive they look. Well, nothing new there!
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10. Birds have hollow bones

Bird Bones

Well for all those who thought birds have no bones, well they do have bones, but hollow ones. Hollow bones help them to fly.
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11. And miles to go before I sleep….

Migratory Birds

Many birds fly thousands of miles when they migrate without stopping. Many birds migrate to higher altitudes to breed during spring and summer season.
Source: animal.about.com

12. The smallest bird can fly backward

Hummingbird

Hummingbird being the smallest bird which measures around 5 cm and weighs 3 grams can fly backward.
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13. Not all birds can fly

Penguins

Birds, which are mainly characterized for their flying also constitutes few kinds which don’t really fly. They include Ostrich, Penguins and dodo birds.
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14. Birds eat too much

Birds Eating

Most of the birds eat twice their body weight in food every day. It is because the flying takes away a lot of their energy.
Source: mspca.org

15. Chicken is most common bird species found worldwide

Domestic Chicken

It was known that chickens are the most widespread species of birds. There are more chickens than any other birds in the whole world.
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16. They hunt the biggest animal!

Birds Hunting Whales

Do you remember Alfred Hitchcock’s movie “The Birds?” Well, off Argentina Kelp Gulls are more than living up to their scary depiction in the movie. We think of Seagulls as a fish-eating species, but these Kelp Gulls are targeting Giant Whales which are 50 feet in length.
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17. The chatter box

African Grey Parrot

Yes! Parrots are talkative but the African gray parrot is the most talkative bird in the world. It could learn over 800 words, where most of the species of parrots can say only 50.
Source: facts.randomhistory.com