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.

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.

Male Cockatoos Woo Their Ladies With Impressive Drum Solos

Aside from humans, these birds are the only ones who make drumsticks for musical purposes.

Watch Cockatoos Make Tiny Tools to Get Food

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

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.

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.

Penguins All the Way in Antarctica Have Bird Flu, Too

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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