• Over 10,000 birds a year die from smashing into windows!

• The speckles on a bird’s egg are as individual as a fingerprint.
• A bird requires more food in proportion to its size than a baby or a cat.
• Hens will usually only lay their eggs when it is light out.
• The longest recorded flight of a chicken is 13 seconds!
• A Cornish game hen is really a young chicken, usually 5 to 6 weeks of age, that weighs no more than 2 pounds.
• Most birds sit on their eggs to incubate them, but not this common scrub hen. Instead, it uses the heat from volcanoes to keep its eggs warm. It buries its eggs in the side of a volcano on the pacific island where it lives.
• A group of geese on the ground is a gaggle, a group of geese in the air is a skein!
• Pigeon droppings were once quite valuable; in ancient Egypt pigeon manure was highly prized, while in the 17th century King George I of England, decreed all pigeon droppings to be property of the Crown because they were used to produce saltpeter used in gunpowder.
• Pigeons have three sets of eyelids.
• Pigeons are one of the oldest domesticated bird species in the world, many experts believe they were the first bird species to be domesticated.
• The Piant Runt is the largest breed of domestic pigeon (they are called ‘runts’ because of their origins in France and Spain where the term means common or plain, not small).
• A hummingbird flaps its wings up to 90 times in one second or over 5000 times a minute.
• Hummingbirds are the smallest birds – so tiny that one of their enemies is an insect, the praying mantis.
• Mockingbirds can imitate any sound from a squeaking door to a cat meowing.
• The Kakapo is the heaviest parrot in the world. It cannot fly but is good at climbing trees.
• A kiwi is an endangered, flightless bird that is native only to New Zealand. Kiwi birds are nocturnal and very shy.
• Kiwis are the only birds that hunt by smell.
• The quail builds its nest on the ground, and lives in grassy areas.
• An ostrich can sprint 328 feet in just 5 seconds.
• Over a study of 80 years, scientists have still not seen any ostriches bury their heads in the sand.
• An ostrich’s eye is bigger than its brain.
• Ostriches can run faster than horses and the males can roar like lions.
• Ospreys have thin, slit-like nostrils – unique to the species – that close as it dives into water to catch fish.
• Ninety percent of Florida’s brown pelicans which are injured or killed, do so when they become entangled in fishing lines.
• Eagles can’t hunt when it’s raining.
• Turkey vultures can swoop up to 60 mph in order to avoid being “mobbed” by ravens or jays.
• A Peregrine falcon can travel at speeds as fast as 124 miles per hour when diving to catch a bird.
• Owls can turn their head 180 degrees. Many species even 270, and some, such as the Barred Owl a full 360 degrees!
• Snowy Owls guard their nests fiercely, and will attack intruders as large as wolves. Snowy Owls have been known to attack predators as much as 1 kilometer (0.6 miles) out from the nest.

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