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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.


The killdeer is a shorebird, is brown above and white below. Learn more about the killdeer. See a picture, learn some facts is and get tips on how to see them in the wild.

Watch Cockatoos Make Tiny Tools to Get Food

Cockatoos aren't just excellent dancers — they're also excellent toolmakers. See more »

There's a Stinky Reason Seabirds Eat Plastic

A recent study has identified why some seabirds mistake the plastic dumped in the ocean for food. The nose knows why. See more »

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

Thanks to new technology, researchers have discovered that the common swift flies 10 months a year without landing, setting a world record for uninterrupted time aloft. See more »

Penguins All the Way in Antarctica Have Bird Flu, Too

Even the frozen continent isn't safe from bird flu. See more »

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

Ruby-throated hummingbirds migrate annually from the U.S. all the way to Central America. How often would one need to stop? A new study reveals amazing abilities. See more »

Impressive Bird Hustles

Have you ever had to shout to make yourself heard at a loud restaurant? Turns out we noisy humans are doing that to birds, and it's making it hard to mate. See more »

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 »

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 »

This pigeon-sized bird has a gray back and white belly. Read on to learn more about this bird. See more »

The brown pelican is the only pelican to catch its food by plunging from great heights in the air and diving underwater. Read on to learn more about this bird. See more »