Birds

Birds are often envied for their ability to fly, but not all of them can. Learn how birds can manipulate feathers, bone and wing structure to soar through the air and even dive-bomb into the water for food.

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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.

13 Superb Owl Pictures That Are Truly Magnificent

The #SuperbOwl is one of our favorites animals. Every day of the week we love owls, from Monday to #SuperbOwlSunday. Check out these cool owl images learn more.

Are Black Kites Avian Arsonists, Spreading Wildfires to Flush Out Prey?

Black kites are drawn to fires, chasing down prey as it flees the flames. And some believe they may even start fires in order to have more menu options.

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.

Will birds really abandon their young if humans disturb the nest?

Nature can be a pretty cruel place. Out in the wild, it's either kill or be killed. But in the spirit of self-preservation, will a mama bird really abandon its young at the slightest sign of human interference? Let's check the facts.

American Coot

The American coot is a slate-gray, duck-like bird. Its bill is white with a dark reddish ring just before the tip.

American Crow

From tail to beak the American crow appears totally black. In the right light, however, a green or bluish tinge suddenly makes a showing.

American Goldfinch

The bright yellow plumage of male birds give the American goldfinch its name. A black forehead and black wings with white accents stand out against the yellow body.

American Kestrel

This small, but colorful falcon is a bird of prey or raptor. Read on to learn more about this bird.

American Robin

Catching sight of this gray bird with a brick-red belly usually signifies the start of spring. Read on to learn more about this bird.

Barn Swallow

As its name suggests the barn swallow frequently takes up residence in barns and is, therefore, seen in the skies above farms and agricultural lands. Read on to learn more about this bird.

Belted Kingfisher

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

Black-Capped Chickadee

The black-capped chickadee feeds on insect eggs and larvae by hanging upside down while clinging to the undersides of tree branches. Read on to learn more about this bird.

Blue Jay

The blue jay can be seen roaming the skies in deciduous forests, but is also a common sight in city parks and back yards. Read on to learn more about this bird.

Brown-Headed Cowbird

True to its name the head of the brown-headed cowbird is brown. The cow part of its name comes from the fact that this bird tends to associate with cows or horses while foraging for food.

Brown Pelican

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.

Canada Goose

When you think of geese, the Canadian variety probably comes to mind. These large water birds are endemic to North America and their V-shaped migratory formations can be seen in the skies each fall and spring.

Chipping Sparrow

Chipping sparrows spend winters and summers in grassy woodlands, along rivers and lakes, and even in city parks. Read on to learn more about this bird.

Wild Birds: Cooper's Hawk

A medium-sized hawk, the cooper's hawk is slate gray above and whitish with fine stripes on its belly. Read on to learn more about this powerful bird.

Dark-Eyed Junco

This medium-sized sparrow can vary in color, but is generally slate gray with a white belly and, of course, dark eyes. Read on to learn more about this bird.

Downy Woodpecker

This woodpecker can be found in forests, city parks and even your own back yard. Read on to learn more about this bird.

Eastern Bluebird

True to its name the male eastern bluebird is colored a brilliant blue along its back, wings and tail. Read on to learn more about this bird.

Eastern Kingbird

Contrary to its name, the eastern kingbird can be seen in the skies throughout North America as well as in the Amazon. Read on to learn more about this bird.


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