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Interesting Bird Facts

Updated on February 26, 2010

Bird Facts

Green Herons do fishing like us humans. They sometimes drop live insects in water and the fish that appear to catch this prey end up becoming the Green Heron's prey.

Australian pelican's beak is the longest in all birds. It can grow up to 47 cm long.

An ostrich is the fastest running two-legged animal in the world.

Penguins are able to take naps in the water.

A bird known as Hooded Pitohui is a poisonous bird.

The Great Bustard is the heaviest bird on earth that can fly.

Bald eagles normally have a wingspan of 6 to 8 ft.

Largest bald eagle nest on record was 9.5 ft wide and 20 ft high and weighed over two tons.

Pigeons produce a special substance known as pigeon milk which they feed to their hatchlings. The pigeon milk is made in a special part of their digestive systems called crop.

Some scientists believe and have theorized that many modern species of birds have evolved from the dinosaurs, based on similarities in skeletal structure.

A humming bird can fly backwards as well as sideways.

An extinct bird which was unable to fly, the Dodo bird, was a relative of pigeons. Funny one relative got extinct while other is so over populated.

Pee humming bird is the smallest bird on earth measuring 2.5 inch and weighs only 0.06 oz.

The pigeon droppings make a great fertilizer.

The Eastern bluebirds are known for their vibrant coloring and really sweet songs.


More Interesting Facts about Birds

There are more than 350 species of parrots on earth.

Pelicans have a wingspan of 10 ft(3 meters) and normally weigh about 13 kg(30 lbs).

According to an estimate, about one billion birds die each year.

Male Frigatebirds attract females with their inflatable red-colored throat pouches.

Feathers of penguin are waterproof and their bodies are insulated with a thick layer of blubbers.

An ostrich has the largest eggs in all extinct(living) birds.

Did you notice that the beak of a bird directly corresponds to the type of the died it eats in the wild?

Bald eagles mate for life.

Did you know that the world's smallest owl is the elf owl? It is of the size of a sparrow and weighs only 1.5 ounce.

Ostriches are birds, yet they can't fly.

120 million years old fossils and skeletons of ostriches have been found.

Like ostriches, penguins also can not fly, rather they swim and swim really well.

There are some parrot species that fly over 500 miles a day in the wild to forage for food.

The kiwi of New Zealand does not have any wings.

Most penguin species lay one to two eggs at a time.

Grackles are able to imitate human speech better than parrots.

Egg of a Royal Albatross will normally take 79 days to hatch.

The most long lived parrot on record is a Blue and Gold Macaw named Charlie. It is reported to have been owned by Winston Churchill, and is believed to be 104 years of age. (source: BBC, now BBC reported this in 2004 and the parrot was still alive, it might have lived even after that and if the parrot is still alive it would be around 110 years old. Read the interesting story about Charlie yourself at

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      hina butt 4 years ago

      giggling as i read about the Gold Macaw and Hooded Pitohui is good one

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      Bill 5 years ago

      The smallest bird is the Bee Hummingbird, not the Pee Hummingbird.

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      BLAH 6 years ago


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      Ultimate Hubber 7 years ago

      And you forgot to mention the mammals. Thanks for the comment Qudsia.

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      QudsiaP1 7 years ago

      I absolutely love birds and this hub taught me so much.

      I did not know there was a poisonous bird, I thought this was a trait of reptiles, insects and amphibians only.

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      Ultimate Hubber 7 years ago

      Yup, its interesting how they catch their prey.

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      reversecharles 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Really cool about the green heron!

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      Ultimate Hubber 8 years ago

      I am glad a fisherman enjoyed my hub on fish facts. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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      barranca 8 years ago

      Enjoyed the facts, particularly the Green Heron's flyfishing ability because I too am a flyfisherman.

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      stars439 8 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

      Really nice hub, and very informative. God Bless You.

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      Ultimate Hubber 8 years ago

      Thank you all for these wonderful comments.

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      Ann Nonymous 8 years ago from Virginia

      Cool! I didn’t know birds were so multi-faceted! Great piece you put together, Ultimate Hubber!

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      Eileen Kersey 8 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Lovely birds

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      katyzzz 8 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      I love birds so this hub is a winner with me. Thanks.