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.
6 Facts About the Majestic Snowy Owl
The Fast and Furious Peregrine Falcon Is a Midair Hunting Machine
The Andean Condor: 100 Miles, 5 Hours, 0 Flaps of Its Wings
If a Peacock Loses His Tail Feathers, Do They Grow Back?
What the Cluck? How a Hen Turned Into a Rooster
Watch a Chicken Grow and Hatch Without An Egg
How Do Birds Know When to Fly South and Where to Go?
Finches Are Tiny Twitterers That Make Great Pets
Yes, Macaws Can Talk (and Say Bad Words!)
The Blue-footed Booby Dance Gets the Girl Every Time
Penguins: The Monogamous Tuxedoed Birds That 'Fly' Underwater
Duck, Duck, Booze: Bird Herds Handle Pest Control at South African Winery
Hummingbird feeders are a great way to help those little fliers, but to feed them responsibly, you need to keep your feeders clean and fill them correctly.
They are all huge, but does it surprise you that none of the nine biggest birds can fly?
Today, technological advances are providing new insights into bird migration and showing that it is more complex and wonderful than scientists ever imagined.
By Tom Langen
Budgies are the same species as parakeets and make fabulous pets – and, yes, they love to talk!
There are 126 species of birds that don't have the ability to fly, for various evolutionary reasons. Let's meet seven of them.
By Katie Carman
Flamingos use a secretion from a gland near their rear end to touch up their feathers when they've been bleached by the sun.
Migrating birds are dying by the billions as they lose their way and smash into lit buildings at night. Big cities like Philadelphia are turning out the lights to try and help save them.
Magpies are much-maligned as harbingers of doom, thieves of shiny objects and songbird eggs, but they're smart, monogamous for life and actually hold funerals for one another.
The cartoon Roadrunner beep-beeped his way through the desert, outfoxing Wile E. Coyote every time, but the real bird can run up to 27 mph and, in some Native American traditions, offers protection from evil spirits.
There's more to Australia's kookaburra than the cheery song you learned as a kid, but what is it that makes the kookaburra laugh?
Biochemically like a heron and anatomically similar to a pelican, the shoebill stork has been called "Monsterface" and even "Death Pelican." But wait until you hear the staccato rat-a-tat-tat of its booming machine-gun call.
By Carrie Tatro
Generations of cereal eaters grew up sharing the breakfast table with Toucan Sam, famous for following his long, colorful nose — but what's that bill for besides hawking cereal?
A remarkable partnership has formed over centuries between honeyguide birds and humans — and both species benefit when the honey is found and the comb is cracked.
This exotic bird could seriously injure or kill a person or a dog in an instant with its deadly claws.
By Wendy Bowman
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.
The parrots of the Telegraph Hill neighborhood of San Francisco are legendary, but how did they get there?
There's a lot of conversation around what we should be feeding our backyard hummingbird visitors, so we threw the question, along with others, to an expert.
By Jamie Allen
A French theme park has trained a crew of six rooks to pick up after its messy guests.
Certain urban-dwelling bird species use cigarette butts in building their nests.
By Carrie Tatro
Aside from humans, these birds are the only ones who make drumsticks for musical purposes.
By Alia Hoyt
A recent study has identified why some seabirds mistake the plastic dumped in the ocean for food. The nose knows why.
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.
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.
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.
By Bambi Turner
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.
By Bambi Turner