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Wednesday, January 4, 2017

National Bird Day 2017

Bird Facts

  1. How many species of birds are there? There’s no single correct or universally agreed-upon number, and that’s because there is more than one definition of "species." By one definition, there are 18,000-20,000 bird species; by another definition, there are only half that.
  2. The Birds. Alfred Hitchcock's 1963 film The Birds employed live birds in many scenes. To attract the birds, actors often had ground meat or fish smeared on their hands.
  3. Indeed, a very Big Bird. Big Bird, a beloved character on the children's program Sesame Street, debuted in 1969. He is 8 feet 2 inches (249 cm) tall.
  4. Keep on Rockin’! The common pigeon we see in cities around the world (and sometimes in rural or wilderness areas) used to be called the Rock Dove, but it’s now called the Rock Pigeon. It’s a feral, domesticated variation of the wild type found in Europe, Africa, and Asia.
  5. Now, that’s old! Parrot fossils have been found that date back as far as 60 million years.
  6. I smell an advantage for this owl. Great Horned Owls are found in every mainland state and Canadian province—and they have a really bad sense of smell! But, that’s good for them, because a major prey species for this owl is the skunk. The skunk’s best defense, a foul-smelling spray from their anal scent glands, does not deter the Great Horned Owl. Museum specimens of the owls, decades old, often retain traces of the skunk odor!
  7. And, a partridge in a pear tree. In the song "The 12 Days of Christmas," a holiday season standard, the singer's true love gives her 364 gifts—184 of which are birds.
Related articles:
20 Ways to Help Birds http://national-bird-day.html
Why people care about birds and Wild Birds Unlimited http://care-about-birds.html
Why is the Dove a Symbol of Peace? http://t.co/Br4EnlB
The Bald Eagle is the National Symbol of the USA: http://bit.ly/tCORyh
War Pigeon Remembered http://t.co/5yiXSNS
Loss of the Passenger Pigeon http://bit.ly/sUPlXj

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