QUICK BIRD FACTS

 
  • There are over 40 million pet birds living in the U.S.
  • At any given time, there are anywhere between one and two billion living birds on the planet.
  • The most common bird on the planet is the Chicken.
  • The hummingbird lays the world’s smallest egg. The ostrich lays the world’s largest.
  • The shape of a bird's beak directly corresponds to the type of diet it eats in the wild.
  • Female Lovebirds sometimes amuse their owners by shredding up the paper lining on their cage and placing the strips between their tailfeathers. This instinctual behavior would allow them to carry materials back to her nesting site for construction in the wild.
  • A bird's feathers weigh more than its skeleton does.
  • A bird's normal body temperature is usually 7-8 degrees hotter than a human's.
  • Birds use up to three quarters of the air they breathe to cool down since they are unable to sweat.
  • There are over 350 species of parrots in the world.
  • Many scientists theorize that many modern bird species evolved from the dinosaurs based on similarities in skeletal structure.
  • Migratory bird species fly in formation to conserve energy.
  • Some parrot species must fly over 500 miles a day in the wild to forage for food.
  • Birds have a reduced sense of taste as compared to other animals.
  • Even though they need a certain amount of zinc to remain healthy, too much zinc can be toxic to your pet bird.
  • Pigeons can reach speeds up to 100 mph.
  • Hummingbirds eat about every ten minutes, slurping down twice their body weight in nectar every day.
  • A bird's heart beats 400 times per minute while resting and up to 1000 beats per minute while flying.