Birds!!!! Totally Random and Amazing Facts You Need to Know

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  • Most birds are able to see ultraviolet light that is invisible to us. This allows berry eaters to see the UV bloom of berries and Kestrels to track voles via the UV light radiated by the prey’s urine.
  • A bird’s eye takes up more room compared to body size than any other animal. They don’t look that way to us because much of the eye is covered by feathers.
  • Bird’s which bob their head aren’t acting like “bird brains”. They are trying to stabilize the world they see. Bobbing allows them to fix motion.
  • Bird’s eyes are so important that each eye is used for different tasks. Not only that but many birds can in fact sleep with one eye open! They rest one hemisphere of the brain at a time.
  • Birds have air sacs instead of lungs and do not have a bladder.
  • There is actually a poisonous bird. The Hooded Pitohui of New Guinea has poisonous skin and feathers.
  • African Gray Parrots are the biggest talkers but Crows have the biggest brains.
  • Birds are very closely related to reptiles and even the dinosaurs.
  • Some birds sing in notes that are too high for humans to hear.
  • There are 40 million pet birds in the United States.
  • An Owl can turn its head over 200 degrees but cannot move its eyes. Most birds have little to no movement of their eyes.
  • Parrots will use one foot for handling food and another for to support their body. Just like people they tend to have a “hand” preference.
  • A bird’s feathers weigh more than their bones.
  • The largest bird that ever existed was the Elephant Bird which weighed up to 1000 pounds. Try having that guy step up on your finger!!
  • The world’s smallest bird is the Bee Hummingbird is not much bigger than a Bee.
  • Hummingbirds are the only bird that can fly backwards.
  • Your bird can sleep while he/she is perched because they grip with specialized tendons rather than muscles so they don’t fall off.
  • Orville Wright flew the world’s first plane but did you know that he also had the first bird strike in aviation history.
  • The world’s first domesticated bird was a goose or a chicken or a pigeon depending on the source.