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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

5 Awesome Facts about Birds

If you are interested in birds, then you may want to forward these fun facts.

1. Every bird has feathers and every animal that has feathers is a bird. A Whistling Swan, in winter has the most with about 20,000 individual feathers. And the bird that has the fewest feathers is the Ruby-throated Hummingbird with about 940.

2. Of the world's more than 10,000 species of birds, over 200 are known to breed in Michigan and more than 400 species spend at least some time in the state. The list includes many songbirds ranging from the common American robin to the endangered Kirtland's warbler.

3. The biggest bird is the Ostrich who can grow up to 9 feet tall. They can’t fly but they are number one when it comes to running speed. The Bee Hummingbird is the smallest living bird in the world, with a length of just 2 inches. They can’t walk but can fly forwards, backwards, up, down, sideways or hover.

Image from Reddit Pics
4. Most birds have reptile-like scales on their legs and feet. The evolution of birds is thought to have begun in the Jurassic Period, with the earliest birds derived from a clade of theropoda dinosaurs named Paraves

5. Ornithologists use two basic terms to describe a bird at hatching: altricial or precocial. Songbirds are altricial. They hatch from an egg with their eyes are closed, little or no down and are still incubated and fed by the parents for weeks before they can leave the nest. Precocial birds like some ducks and chickens are well developed straight from the egg covered in down, and eyes wide open. Within two days, they are out of the nest and foraging on their own, staying near mom only for protection.

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