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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White-Throated Sparrow

When breeding the white-throated sparrow sticks close to its Canadian home. In the winter, however, the bird can be seen in fields, woodlands, pastures and suburban areas throughout the eastern United States.

Yellow-Rumped Warbler

The yellow-rumped warbler gets its name from it's yellow bum. Read on to learn more about this bird.

Yellow Warbler

True to its name the yellow warbler is bright yellow. A light olive-green tinge colors its back and males have rusty streaks on their breast.

5 Carrier Pigeon Stories

Read the greatest stories of the pigeons who have served as invaluable to people who need to send important messages over long distances.

10 Myths About Pigeons

Check out our list of the most common myths about pigeons, and perhaps you'll learn a thing or two about our familiar feathered friends!

How to Collect Eggs from a Chicken

Whichever came first, the chicken or the egg, you want to know how to collect the eggs from a chicken. This article will tell you how to collect eggs from a chicken.

How to Identify Birds

You are an avid birdwatcher and would like to know how to identify birds. This article will tell you all about how to identify birds.

Pretty Pigeon Pictures

See pictures of strangely pretty pigeons and learn about the different breeds of pigeons.

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

Why is it a bad idea to scare a vulture?

Many animals have defense mechanisms to ward off enemies. If you think it’s a good idea to frighten a vulture, be ready for the smell of rotting flesh and acid-like burns.

Bird Pictures

Did you know that it's the possession of feathers, not the ability to fly, that distinguishes birds from other animals? Take a view of these bird pictures to see how many you recognize.

Why do geese mate for life?

Geese don't exchange vows or rings, but they do search for their lifelong mate. However, are geese really faithful, or do they take a gander at the opposite sex?

How do peregrine falcons fly so fast?

The Millennium Falcon might be fast in a galaxy far, far away, but the peregrine falcon reigns supreme on Earth. This bird doesn't have warp speed, but it sure can zoom.

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.

If a peacock loses his tail feathers, do they grow back?

Whether used in fashion or complicated mating rituals, peacock feathers drive the ladies crazy. But, what happens when a peacock loses his last feather? Will he become a fashion-don't?

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?

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?

How do ducks float?

All you amateur ornithologists might scoff at this seemingly simple question, but the answer isn't as straightforward as you think. And no, it's not just that their bones are hollow.

How can owls fly silently?

It can be scary to have an owl fly in front of you without it making a sound. Find out if this phenomenon is a supernatural power or something as simple as the hip bone being connected to the tail bone.

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?

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.

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.

Hummingbird Pictures

Hummingbirds are a small American bird that makes a humming noise with its rapidly moving wings. There are about 300 species, mostly tropical. Check out the variety of colorful hummingbirds in this gallery.

Will a turkey really drown if it looks up during a rainstorm?

Some say that during a rainstorm, turkeys will stare up at the sky with their beaks hanging open, transfixed, until they drown. Is this really true?


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