Fun Facts You May Not Know About Birds

  • 01 of 07

    How Many Of These Facts Did You Know About Birds?

    Birds Are Amazing!. Martina Neumann/ Getty Images

    If you have a pet bird, you are probably already enamored by these amazing creatures of nature. There are so many different kinds! Some are flight and some fly under the water in our oceans. They come in different sizes, colors and patterns. Some are omnivorous and some eat only meat. Many forage and many hunt for their food. They are a hardworking species working for every bit of food they eat. With around 1000 species worldwide, they are amazingly diverse. The list of facts about them is very...MORE long. Here are just a few:

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  • 02 of 07

    The Incredible Egg

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     Birds all lay eggs which is a very efficient way of developing their offspring. The smallest egg is laid by the humming bird as it is the size of a small bean or pea. The largest egg is laid by the ostrich who produces an egg about the size of a large grapefruit. The largest egg ever produced by any species was that of the now extinct elephant bird of Madagascar. It laid a massive egg that weighed 27 pounds. And National Geographic reports that they have finally discovered the answer to the age...MORE old question of which came first. Yes, the argument over the chicken or the egg has been settled. Reptiles began laying eggs centuries and centuries before before chickens were even a glimmer in Nature’s eye.  

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  • 03 of 07

    Not All Birds Fly

    Penguins "Fly" Underwater. Kevin Schafer/ Getty Images

    They may have wings, but not all birds fly. As a matter of fact, the kiwi of New Zealand doesn’t have wings at all and of course they cannot fly. Penguins, ostriches, and kakapos have wings and don’t fly in the air. But if you’ve ever seen a penguin swim, it appears as though they are flying through the water. And the penguin is also the only bird that walks upright yet they move quite slowly as opposed to the ostrich who can run up to 60 miles per hour. And if you ever find an ostrich egg in a...MORE grocery store and want to cook it, be prepared to do some waiting around. It takes two hours to completely hard-boil an ostrich egg. 

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  • 04 of 07

    Female Birds Like Them Handsome!

    These Gannets Are In Love. morgan stephenson/ Getty Omages

     Apparently female birds like their mates to be handsome. They are attracted to the flashier males by their songs, dances, and beautiful plumage. So apparently female birds are hunting for a trophy husband and when it comes to landing a mate, the glamour boys are the ones that get their pick!

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  • 05 of 07

    There's a Reason For That V-Shaped Pattern

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    Ever wonder about why migrating birds fly in the distinctive V-shaped pattern? Well there’s a reason for it. Each bird travels next to his neighbor in the upwash of her beating wings. The extra bit of wind caused by this upwash increases lift and so it takes less energy to fly. This is a good thing for them to know because approximately 20% of the birds in the world migrate long distances. 

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  • 06 of 07

    Birds Don't "Eat Like A Bird"

    Birds Don't "Eat Like A Bird". Frank Pali/ Getty Images

    Many birds do not “eat like birds.” As a matter of fact they’re pretty big chowhounds. Some  birds eat twice their weight in food each day. Hummingbirds are voracious eaters and eat about every ten minutes. In a day’s time they tend to suck down twice their weight in nectar each day. The smallest hummingbird is the “bee hummingbird.” They are only about two inches long. Maybe it’s all that backwards flying they do. Yes, hummingbirds can fly backwards. 

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  • 07 of 07

    Owls Can Turn Their Heads 270 Degrees

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     And our final fact of the day is about those birds with huge and lovely eyes: The Owl. Curiously, owls can turn their heads 270 degrees. But they can’t move their eyes at all. As a matter of fact, the space the birds eyes take up in his head is about 50% of their entire skull. Birds are absolutely wonderful animals and some of the most interesting in nature. And getting to know them a bit better makes them that much more interesting.