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 great skies. Here are some interesting facts about birds that would make you wanna fly.
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
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!!
3. Birds are last surviving lineage of Dinosaurs
4. Complicated and Efficient lungs
Birds are supposed to have complicated and efficient pair of lungs and take up more space than humans or any other mammals.
5. Birds are everywhere
6. Roadrunner is Real
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.
7. Smarty Pants
Some birds like weaver 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.
8. Bird’s heart doesn’t skip a beat
The heart of bird beats 400 times per minute while resting and up to 1000 beats per minute while flying.
9. Female birds are choosy in finding their mate
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!
10. Birds have hollow 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.
11. Migrate for thousands of miles
12. The smallest bird can fly backwards
13. Not all birds can fly
14. Birds eat too much
15. Chicken is most common bird species found worldwide
16. Whale hunting gulls
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.
17. The chatter box
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.