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Did you know...
A parrot's beak can close with a force of 350 pounds per
Birds played a role in aerial warfare during World War I.
Because of their acute hearing, parrots were kept on the
Eiffel Tower to warn of approaching aircraft long before
the planes were heard or seen by human spotters.
Parrots, most famous of all talking birds, rarely acquire
a vocabulary of more than twenty words, however
African Greys have been know to carry vocabularies
in excess of 100 words.
At President Andrew Jackson's funeral in 1845 his pet parrot was removed for swearing.
The greatest age for which a bird has been reliably recorded is 80 years old in the case of a
Sulfur- Crested Cockatoo. "Cocky" lived and died at the London Zoo.
Young budgie birds can suffer from strokes. If the bird does not die, it will
often have paralysis most commonly in it's legs and feet.
The Australian emu holds the land speed record for birds at 31 mph.
Some birds use stars to orientate themselves during migration.
Owls are the only birds who can see the colour blue
Chicken-man Frank Perdue's slogan, 'It takes a tough man to make a tender chicken,' got terribly mangled
in another Spanish translation. A photo of Perdue with one of his birds appeared on billboards all over Mexico
with a caption that explained 'It takes a hard man to make a chicken aroused.'
The heaviest chicken you ever wanted to meet belonged to Grant Sullens of West Point, Calif. He had a
monstrous rooster named "Weirdo" who weighed in around 22 lbs. Weirdo was so mean (how mean was he?)
that he crippled a dog which came too close and he killed two cats. Now that is what I call "Poultry in Motion"!
Ancient Romans believed that birds mated on February 14th
Wall Street pigeons once built a nest of paper clips and rubberbands.
The Canada goose, to move its feathers, uses 12,000 muscles.
Highest Flying Bird.....A Ruppell's vulture collided with a commercial aircraft over the Ivory Coast at an altitude of
37,000 feet! The plane was damaged but managed to land safely. The vulture didn't make it. Feather remains were used to make a positive ID.
The Sooty Tern remains continually aloft for 3 to 10 years as a sub adult before returning to land to breed?
IT NEVER LANDS during this time! It eats, drinks, and even sleeps on the wing.
There is a poisonous bird from New Guinea called the Pitohui? The Pitohui contains a toxic alkaloid similar to that of the poison arrow frog on its feathers and skin. It is the only example known of a poisonous bird.