Facts about Birds
Birds are the most widespread of all animals around the world. There are total 9,500 different species of birds. Many of the species migrate long distances. Around 70% of all the bird species are found in tropical rainforests. A chicken in Japan is known to have the longest feathers ever as its tail feathers measured 34.7 feet. Chicken is the closest living relative of T-Rex. Birds have a light weighted but very much strong skeleton. They do not have bladders to store urine that makes them lighter. Birds produce a white, pasty substance instead of liquid urine to get rid of wastes.
Quick Facts: –
- Lungs of a bird compose 1/5 of its body and are much more complicated and efficient.
- Egg of a hummingbird is the smallest of all birds as it is the size of a pea.
- An owl can turn its head almost 360° but it cannot move its eyes.
- Penguin is the only bird that can swim but not fly.
- The Japanese crested ibis is considered as one of the rarest birds in the world. Less than 50 of them are alive today.
- The whistling swan is the bird with the most feathers. It has up to 25,000 feathers.
- Hummingbirds are the only birds that can fly backwards.
- Kiwi birds hunt by smell as they are blind. They are the only wingless birds.
- Chickens that have red ear lobes lay brown eggs.
- The Griffon Vulture is the highest flying bird.
- Ostrich is the largest, tallest and heaviest bird in the world.
- Birds are warm blooded vertebrates.
- They are social creatures and participate in social behaviours.
- The hooded Pitohui of Papua is the only known poisonous bird in the world.
- Eggs of the Royal Albatross take 79 days to hatch.