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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The Ultimate Bird Quiz

Our fine feathered friends, the birds, come in all sizes and colors. Take this quiz to learn more about these fascinating flying creatures.

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  • 10 Superstitions About Birds

    10 Superstitions About Birds

    As Hitchcock's 1963 horror classic "The Birds" taught us, it's a good idea to respect our avian friends. Before you accidentally let any bad luck take wing, peck away at these bird-related superstitions. See more »

  • Amazing Animals: Bird Quiz

    Amazing Animals: Bird Quiz

    Just like fish dominate the underwater domain, birds are the rulers of the skies. The same properties of physics that have set airplanes aloft have also propelled birds for millennia. But aside from feathers and flight, how much do you really know about these winged creatures? See more »

  • Do hummingbirds have sex in midair?

    Do hummingbirds have sex in midair?

    Hummingbirds almost never stop moving is and their legs are small and weak. So do hummingbirds do everything in midair -- even mate? See more »

  • Do ostriches really bury their heads in the sand?

    Do ostriches really bury their heads in the sand?

    When a friend decides to ignore their problems, you might liken them to an ostrich. But ostriches are much more likely to face a problem head-on than hide it in the sand. See more »

  • Does a pelican's bill hold more than its belly can?

    Does a pelican's bill hold more than its belly can?

    When a half-full plate of dinner sits before you and your overstuffed tummy, have you ever been told your eyes are too big for your stomach? The pelican's got a similar problem See more »

  • What's the difference between a penguin and a puffin?

    What's the difference between a penguin and a puffin?

    Penguins and puffins might love formal wear and waddling, but the similarities end there. These fish-loving birds don't see eye to eye on issues like transportation and real estate. See more »

  • Why do flamingos stand on one leg?

    Why do flamingos stand on one leg?

    Flamingos can stand on one spindly leg for hours. But why do they do it? Are they posing as a tree to trick prey, or simply avoiding a bathtub prune-foot? See more »

  • Why do ostriches have red meat instead of white?

    Why do ostriches have red meat instead of white?

    While the ostrich might look like an avian punch line, it's actually a nutritious source of red meat. Why do ostriches produce meat that's more like that of a cow than a chicken? See more »

  • Hummingbird Facts

    Hummingbird Facts

    When early Spanish explorers first encountered hummingbirds in the New World, they called them joyas voladoras--or "flying jewels." Learn more about hummingbirds and their amazing bodily feats. See more »

  • Ostrich Facts

    Ostrich Facts

    A large, flightless bird that lives in the dry grasslands of Africa, the ostrich is raised for its feathers and skin in South Africa, Egypt and California. Ostriches form the single remaining species in an ancient, primitive order of birds. See more »

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