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Miscellaneous Birds

Biodiversity if an amazing and wonderful thing. But it also means that there are many types of birds that don't fit into a specific categories. Read about all types of strange but beautiful birds in this section.

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Watch Cockatoos Make Tiny Tools to Get Food

Cockatoos can use cardboard and beeswax as tools, especially when getting food is the goal. Watch the video to see them in action. See more »

There's a Stinky Reason Seabirds Eat Plastic

The plastic dumped in the ocean is often consumed by seabirds. HowStuffWorks Now finds out what makes this inedible edible to them. See more »

This Tiny Bird Can Fly for 10 Months Without Landing, Biologists Discover

How long can a bird fly without landing? Learn more about the common swift spending 10 months airborne in this HowStuffWorks Now article. See more »

Penguins All the Way in Antarctica Have Bird Flu, Too

Viruses once again prove they can survive pretty much anything — including Antarctica. Learn more at HowStuffWorks Now. See more »

Guess How Far a Hummingbird Can Fly Without Stopping. Nope, It's Farther.

New research finds the ruby-throated hummingbird can fly massive distances without stopping. Learn more in this HowStuffWorks Now article. See more »

Impressive Bird Hustles

Some birds work really hard at their mating game. Learn how birds of paradise, bowerbirds and other species attract mates at HowStuffWorks Now. See more »

10 Superstitions About Birds

Before you accidentally let any bad luck take wing, peck away at these 10 superstitions about birds to learn about bird symbols and folklore. See more »

Do ostriches really bury their heads in the sand?

Ostriches are much more likely to face a problem head-on than to try to hide. Learn if ostriches really bury their heads in the sand at HowStuffWorks. See more »

The kingfisher is the same size as the pigeon. Learn more about the belted kingfisher at HowStuffWorks. See more »

The brown pelican is a very unique bird. Learn more about the brown pelican at HowStuffWorks. See more »