To live, every bird must consume at least half its body weight in food each day. Young birds need significantly more food. A baby robin, for example, may consume up to 14 feet of earthworms every day.
While both sexes of parrots seem similar, the Eclectus parrot is one of the rare vertebrates where the female is more colorful than the male. He is green and she is bright red.
Owls — Unlike other birds of prey, owls fly very silently, with the butterfly-like flapping of their wings muted by the velvety surface of their flying feathers.
Human-reared parrots have an extraordinary capacity to imitate people and loud things, yet they have never been seen imitating in the wild.
The hooded pitohui of Papua, New Guinea, is the only known venomous bird in the world. Its skin and feathers contain the toxin.
How many bird species are there in the world?
There are around 9,567 bird species known globally. New species are found on a regular basis in distant parts of the planet. North America is home to over 700 bird species. Some 150,000 bird species have been discovered in the fossil record. Most of the birds that have lived on our planet are already extinct since there are less than 10,000 species left.
What are the heaviest and lightest birds?
The Ostrich is the biggest living bird. This flightless creature is perhaps the fastest-running bird, weighing up to 345 pounds and towering up to 9 feet tall. Ostriches have been recorded reaching speeds of up to 60 miles per hour. The tiniest bird is the Cuban Bee Hummingbird. It is barely 2.5 inches long and has a 4-inch wingspan. It weighs less than one-tenth of an ounce.
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