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Rare Bird Video - Facts, Statistics & News

Updated on February 7, 2018

The Classification of Birds in the Entire World

Bird are classified into unique, rare, hard to find and extinct.

Impressive birds are huge cranes and albatrosses and tropical birds. cisticolas or Cookilaria petrels birds are also most impressive. Among small tiny birds hummingbirds, manakins are impressive. Kagu and Showbill fall under Unique category. Rare birds are birds in near extinction or historical. Few unique birds are Ivory-billed Woodpecker, Ou, Night Parrot, Kinglet Calyptera, White-eyed River-Martin. Congo Peafowl is the bird to find it hard even if you spend time and money.The Short-tailed Albatross is not seen since a century.

Keys to Identify Birds:

  • Size & Shape : Observe the birds long time and with little practice you'll find that differences in size and shape. Examine the typical bird silhouettes and gauge the size of a bird, and notice differences in telltale parts of a bird such as the bill, wings, and tail.Over a period of time you will know th e difference between Red-winged Blackbirds and European Starlings
  • Color Pattern: Instead of identifying the bird feather by feather, watch for pattern
  • Behavior: For general public birds may look unique but for investigators bird species don’t just look unique, they have unique ways of acting, moving, sitting, and flying. When you learn these habits, you can recognize many birds the same way you notice a friend walking through a crowd of strangers.
  • Habitat: Bird's home is a habitat and many birds are choosy. Narrow down your list by keeping in mind where you are.
  • Field Marks: Observe field markers set by birds. Field marks are the distinctive stripes, spots, patterns, colors, and highlights that birds have in such abundance and variety. Birds developed these patterns for many reasons, but one way they use some of these markings is to recognize members of their own species. And bird watchers can use them for the same purpose
  • Songs & Calls : You can see a bird in only one direction but can hear the bird song in all directions. Bird song is a great way to identify birds hidden in dense foliage, faraway birds, birds at night.

The Whole Bird

The Whole Bird
The Whole Bird | Source

Photos of Few Ever Green Birds

Bird of Paradise
Bird of Paradise
Congo Pea Flow
Congo Pea Flow | Source
Eagle Happy
Eagle Happy
Humming Bird
Humming Bird
Phil Eagle
Phil Eagle
Rock Fowl
Rock Fowl | Source

Best Bird Watching Spots & Facts about Birds

Europe: AT Camargue and Coto Doñana wetlands we can watch scads of flamingos and herons got close watch.Other birds that attract our attention are little nutria (like relatives of the beaver and muskrat) .

Asia: At Bharatpur and Mai Po, In winter 90,000 migratory birds of 380 species and 35 international species including the Saunders’s Gull and the Black-faced Spoonbill. Along with them we can find critters such as otters, fiddler crabs and mudskippers.

Ethiopia: At the slopes of Bale Mountains look for Blue-winged Goose / Spot-breasted lapwing/plover / Yellow-fronted parrot / Abyssinian longclaw / Abyssinian catbird /
Ethiopian/Black-headed siskin

Peru: Bird watchers should have a 10 day trip to Peru to watch Manu and surroundings. Out of 1000's of special birds you can watch Scarlet-banded Barbet, White-masked Antbird, Long-whiskered Owlet, Marvelous Spatuletail, Pale-billed Antpitta.

New Caledonia : The land of New Caledonia is ecologically important and critically endangered birds with rare epedemic birds like beautiful Cloven-feathered Dove, the unique tool-using New Caledonian Crow, rare Crow Honeyeater, Horned Parakeet, Southern Shrikebill and the difficult Red-throated Parrot-Finch, among many others.

Other bird spots will be Southern Spain: Coto Doñana . Israel: Eilat . Argentina/Brazil border: Iguassu Falls. New Jersey: Cape May . south-east Poland: Bialowieza forest, Asa Wright centre in Trinidad: balcony. South Georgia: The sub-Antarctic island. Honng Kpng: Mai Po. Buenos Aires: Costanera Sur and Brazil: Pantanal

Facts about Birds:

  • Geese and ducks, fly at extreme heights. Bar-headed geese have been recorded as high as 29,000 feet (8,839 meters) when they migrate over the Himalayas which is about five miles up (8 kilometers) and higher than Mount Everest.
  • Birds use the sun as a compass using the positions of the sun during the day to navigate. They also can use the setting sun as an indication of due west. To prepare for migration, birds become hyperphagic which means they eat a lot more food than normal, which is then stored as fat for their long journey. Fat is normally 3% to 5% of the bird's mass. Some migrants almost double their body weights by storing fat before migration.
  • Night flyers use celestial navigation, which means they find their way by knowing the patterns of the stars in the sky, and by knowing special stars like the North Star. In their first year of life, birds memorize the position of the constellations in relation to the North Star. These star patterns stay the same even though the Earth moves through space, making the constellations appear to move to different spots in the sky during the year.
  • Birds have tiny grains of a mineral called magnetite just above their nostrils. This mineral may help them to navigate using the Earth's magnetic field, which tells the bird what direction is true north.
  • Across the globe, hundreds of species of birds can be seen flying in V-formations. We have long suspected that these formation might help birds fly with less effort. Yet the precise mechanics have remained unknown – until now.
  • Raven populations have shot up 300 percent in the last 40 years in the American West, and a new study suggests power poles and other human structures are to blame.
  • Despite the bad press, wind turbines are less of a threat to birds than traditional energy production and distribution

The Top 5 Longest Bird Migrations on Earth

Estimated Distance
Sooty Shearwater (Puffinus griseus)
New Zealand, North America, South America, Antarctica, Africa
64,000 km (40,000 miles)
Arctic Tern (Sterna paradisaea)
North America (Arctic), Europe, Africa, South America,Antarctica
33,000 km (22,000 miles)
Pectoral Sandpiper (Calidris melanotos)
Asia (Siberia), North America, South America, Australia
28,000 km (18,000 miles)
Pied Wheatear (Oenanthe pleschanka)
Europe, Africa, Asia
18,000 km (11,184 miles)
Short-tailed Shearwater (Puffinus tenuirostris)
North America, Asia, Australia
17,000 km (27,000 miles)

Sources: Bird life International, National Geographic, IUCN Red list of threatened species.

List Notes: Distances are estimated except for the Sooty Shearwater which was tracked by electronic means.

Image By Richard Crossley (Richard Crossley)

Bird Almanac: The Ultimate Guide to Essential Facts and Figures of the World's Birds

© 2014 Sangam Krishnamoorthy Ramamoorthy


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