Fun Fact 1: What are Birds? A Bird can be descried as winged, vertebrate animal (having a backbone). They are classed as bipedal (they have two feet), are warm bloodied egg laying creatures; they unique in that they have feathers and winged forelimbs
Fun Fact 2: Species of Birds can be found on every continent; there are approximately 10,000 different species (types) of birds on earth
Fun Fact 3: What do birds eat? The food they eat varies depending on the species diets can include; fruit, plants, seeds, nuts, and meat for example mice, other birds, insects and carrion (the meat from the carcass of a dead animal)
Fun Fact 4: The Penguin and the ostrich are birds that do not fly!
Fun Fact 5: The largest and heaviest bird on the planet is the Ostrich. Native to parts of Africa, the Ostrich with its extraordinary long legs can run up to a speed of 70 km/h (43mph)
Fun Fact 6: Penguins are short-legged flightless birds that are native to cold southern regions especially the Antarctic. They do not fly but are exceptional at swimming; they have webbed feet and wings adapted to work in a similar to flippers, the tail is short and wedge shaped
Fun Fact 7: Owls are birds of prey, species include Barn owls, Burrowing owls, Elf owls, Hawk owls, Horned owls, Screech owls and Snowy owls. The neck of an owl is very flexible; it can rotate ¾ of the way around its head
Fun Fact 8: Palaeontologists (people who studies Prehistoric life) agree that the birds on our planet today are descendants of small meat-eating dinosaurs called Theropods (beast-footed dinosaurs)
Fun Fact 9: The bones of a bird are thin and hollow; therefore they are much lighter and more efficient for flying
Fun Fact 10: Hummingbirds are the only birds that can fly backwards! They are also the smallest specie; the Bee Humming Bird is approximately 5 - 6 cm (about 2 in) in length and weighs in at just 2 gms (about 0.5 oz)
Fun Fact 11: There are approximately 310 different species of Pigeons and Doves. Pigeon racing is classed as a sport in some countries; they can reach speeds up to 100 mph. Species of Pigeons have used for food for thousands of years, some are still eaten today in areas of Asia and Europe
Fun Fact 12: In the figures of a recent American National Pet Owners Survey 5.7% of American households were listed as having birds as pets. Pet birds include budgerigars, canaries, cockatiels, cockatoos, doves, finches, lovebirds, parakeets, parrots, and macaws
Fun Fact 13: Examples of wild birds list: Albatrosses, Cardinals, Doves, Eagles, Emu, Falcons, Flamingo, Gulls, Hawks, Parrots, Pelican, Penguins, Pigeons, Tropical birds and Waterfowl
Fun Fact 14: Probably the most famous of all extinct birds is the Dodo bird. The Dodo bird was native to the island of Mauritius; they only survived a total of 175 years after being discovered by explorers, their extinction was due to the introduction of other animals, disease and human exploitation on the island
Fun Fact 15: There are over 2000 birds listed on the endangered bird list, disease, environmental waste, marine debris pollution, global warming and deforestation have all contributed to the decline in numbers of many species of birds. To find out more about endangered animal species click here.