The Weird and Wonderful World of Bird Facts


Ruby throated hummingbirdBeing a person who likes interesting weird facts (as most people do), I noticed that I really haven’t heard that many facts about birds so to increase my knowledge and gain inspiration for my Rentokil bird pages I consulted with a good friend of mine, Here are my findings:

Interesting Bird Facts

A hummingbird weighs less than a penny.

Owls are one of the only birds who can see the colour blue – Owls are now my favourite bird, I didn’t know other birds couldn’t appreciate my good selection of blue stripy shirts.

Baby robins eat 14 feet of earthworms every day – Maybe Rentokil can train these guys as pest control contractors to peck termites out the ground?

A group of geese on the ground is a gaggle, a group of geese in the air is a skein, and when they get in the way of a Boeing 747 engine they cause bird strike.

The longest recorded flight of a chicken is 13 seconds. Luckily there’s not much chance of bird strike from a chicken then.

A parrot’s vocabulary is generally no more than 20 words – and I can guarantee that one of those words are bound to be a swear word, I have personally witnessed a parrot mimic a cell phone ring tone, so cool!!!

Turkeys will peck to death members of their flock that are physically inferior or different – they do this until Christmas time, then they realize that they are all inferior as I pour gravy over them at the dinner table.

Over 1000 birds a year die from smashing into windows – ouch!

A hummingbird’s heart beats 1,260 times per minute – and my gym instructor told me that I was unfit?

California condors can fly 10 miles without flapping their wings – maybe airplane companies need to investigate this technology?

The ostrich yolk is the largest single cell in the world – cool, now that’s interesting! Imagine how large a six egg ostrich omelette would be!

Bird droppings are the chief export of Nauru, an island nation in the western Pacific – Well, this is certainly something to brag about, “my countries biggest export is, ummhh, bird by-products.”

The waste produced by one chicken in its lifetime can supply enough electricity to run a 100 watt bulb for five hours – ummhh when I hear facts like this, it gets me slightly concerned, what will our planet smell like if it we were running the show with “waste”?

Facts used from:

That's Not My Problem
Pests Around The Office
  1. Brigitta
  2. Ernie Allison

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