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Birds Facts

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Birds Facts
Hummingbird eggs are so small that a penny would completely cover three of them. The usual brood, however, is two eggs.
Most parrots are predominantly green, especially the ones from South America.
Parrots have large heads and short necks.
The fastest bird is the peregrine falcon. It can fly at a speed of 168-217 miles per hour.
Turkey eggs hatch in 28 days.
A woodpecker can peck twenty times a second.
Benjamin Franklin wanted the national bird to be a turkey.
Hummingbirds cannot become addicted to the nectar you put out in your feeder. They will leave the feeders when they need to.
Normal flight speed for a hummingbird is 25 to 30 mph, but hummers can dive at speeds of up to 60 mph.
Pigeons can see ultraviolet lights.
The fleshy growth under a turkey’s throat is called a wattle.
Turkeys are related to pheasants.
A male duck is called a drake, a female is called a duck. Babies are called ducklings.
Bald Eagles normally eat fish. Sometimes they will eat snakes and smaller birds.
Gobbling starts before sunrise and can continue through most of the morning.
Minnesota, North Carolina, Arkansas, Virginia, Missouri and Virginia are the leading producers of turkey in 2003. These states produced 75% of all the turkeys raised in 2003.
Parrots are hole nesters. They build their nests in holes in trees, termite mounts, rock cavities, or ground tunnels. A few exceptions will build stick nests.
The duck is the smallest of them all and have shorter necks and wings and a stout body.
Three hundred and twenty-eight different species of parrots live on the Earth.
Wild turkeys were almost wiped out in the early 1900's. Today there are wild turkeys in every state except Alaska.
A peregrine falcon can reach speeds up to 200 miles per hour.
Bats always turn left when exiting a cave.
Hens will produce larger eggs as they grow older.
More than 90 percent of the parrots imported into the United States are probably wild caught.
Parrots have a wide range of articulations. Wild parrots do not imitate. Only pets will mimic people and noises they hear. The African gray parrots are the best mimics.
The fastest bird in the world is the Peregrine Falcon, which can reach speeds in excess of two hundred miles per hour.
Turkey breeding has caused turkey breasts to grow so large that the turkeys fall over.
A large group of turkeys is called a flock.
Bald Eagles help man by catching rodents and rabbits that destroy grain fields.
Giant flying foxes, which are a type of bat, that live in Indonesia have wingspans of nearly six feet.
Minnesota led the United States in turkey production in 2001. Forty-three million turkeys were produced.
Parrots are divided into groups such as cockatoos, lories, lovebirds, macaws, and parakeets.
The dipper bird builds nests behind waterfalls for protection.
There are approximately 7,000 feathers on an eagle.
Wild turkeys spend the night in trees. They especially like oak trees.
African heart-nosed bats can have such a keen sense of sound that they can hear the footsteps of a beetle walking on sand from six feet away.
By 1996 the number of pet birds had grown to 40 million while the number of homes remained fairly consistent at 5.9 million.
In 1681, the last dodo bird died.
Ostrich is the largest and heaviest living bird. It is unable to fly and does not posses a keeled sternum (breastbone) common to most birds.
Smaller parrots live 10 to 15 years.
The largest bird egg ever laid was laid millions of years ago by the Madagascar, or the elephant bird.
Turkeys have a long, red, fleshy area called a snood that grows from the forehead over the bill.
Adult eagles usually stay near their nesting territory as the supply of food and weather conditions will allow.
Blue Jays can imitate the calls of hawks.
Hummingbirds have split tongues, which they fold into a tube when feeding.
One ostrich egg equals up to 24 chicken eggs. And it takes approximately 2 hours to boil!
Recent figures suggest that 40 percent of these species are threatened primarily by habitat destruction, 17 percent primarily by trade, 36 percent by a combination of the two causes and 7 percent by other factors.
The flying fox of Africa has a wingspan of fifty inches!
Turkeys don’t really have ears like ours, but they have very good hearing.
Adult eagles usually stay near their nesting territory as the supply of food and weather conditions will allow.
Birds save energy by flying in a "V" formation.
Hummingbirds flap their wings between 50 and 70 times a second!
On ostrich's egg weighs 3 1/2 pounds.
Pound for pound, an eagle's wing is stronger than the wing of an airplane.
The flying fox of Africa has a wingspan of fifty inches!
Turkeys do not see well at night.
Adult female Ruby-throated Hummingbirds are 15-20% larger than adult males.
Blue jays often forget where they hide winter supplies of food.
Illinois produced 2.9 million turkeys in 2003 and ranked 15th in turkey production in the United States.
Only ten species of hummers have significant ranges north of Mexico. Only the ruby-throated hummingbird ranges east of the Mississippi.
Since 1947, the National Turkey Federation has presented a live turkey and two dressed turkeys to the President. The President does not eat the live turkey. He "pardons" it and allows it to live out its days on a historical farm.
The highest flight by a bird was by a Ruppell's vulture at 37,000 feet. The bird hit a plane at this height.
Turkeys fly to the ground at first light and feed until mid-morning. Feeding resumes in mid-afternoon.
50 percent of U.S. consumers eat turkey at least once per week.
An eagle can kill a young deer and fly away with it.
Ducks keep clean by preening themselves with their beaks, which they do often. They also line their nests with feathers plucked from their chest.
In the Middle Ages, peacocks and swans were sometimes served at Christmas dinners.
Ostriches can run up to 70km/hr(40 mph) and can outpace most pursuers, such as lions, leopards, and hyenas.
Some parrot vocalizations can be heard for up to 1 mile!
The ostrich has two toes on each feet which gives it greater speed.
Vampire bat saliva has been responsible for many advances in research into stroke recovery.
According to the 2002 census, there were 8,436 turkey farms in the United States.
Birds do not sweat, as they do not have sweat glands.
Hummingbirds eat both nectar and the small insects found near the nectar.
On average, a hen lays 300 eggs per year.
Pound for pound, an eagle's wing is stronger than the wing of an airplane.
The flying fox is a bat with a wing span over five feet.
Turkeys can see in color.

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