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Bird Trivia: Funny, Strange and Incredible Facts about North American Birds
Bird Trivia: Funny, Strange and Incredible Facts about North American Birds
Bird Trivia: Funny, Strange and Incredible Facts about North American Birds
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Bird Trivia: Funny, Strange and Incredible Facts about North American Birds

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Incredible, Outrageous, Unbelievable Facts About Birds!

You love birds. They’re beautiful. They’re graceful. They’re a wonder to observe. Yet even seasoned bird watchers don’t know everything about our feathered friends. Acclaimed naturalist, author and award-winning wildlife photographer Stan Tekiela has taken a deep dive into the magnificent world of birds—and you won’t believe what he’s uncovered!

Why do some birds like to cover themselves with ants? Which birds can mimic the sounds of humans? Why don’t woodpeckers get concussions? In Bird Trivia, you’ll discover plenty of amazing tidbits you didn’t know that you wanted to know about birds. Paired with Stan’s famous bird photography, the information provides hours of enjoyment. You’re sure to impress your friends and family with all of the knowledge contained in this book!

Erscheinungsdatum9. Okt. 2018
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    Bird Trivia - Stan Tekiela


    Birds are amazing creatures that have captured the hearts and minds of people everywhere. From their outrageous shapes and colors to their unique behaviors, birds are endlessly interesting! As a naturalist with more than 30 years in the field studying birds, I still continue to learn new and fascinating things about them.

    What’s not to like about a creature that is often brightly colored and sings beautiful songs? And what is more incredible than a bird’s ability to fly? Birds are the only animals on the planet that have a lightweight coat of feathers. To be light enough for flight, they also have hollow bones and lightweight beaks. In this book, you’ll discover many hundreds of other strange and wonderful tidbits about birds that you’ve always been curious to know.

    In North America, we have more than 1,100 great species of birds to appreciate. Many hold astonishing North American records, and some also hold world records! Our winged friends are downright extraordinary, and now you can enjoy them weven more with this fun collection of bird facts and light-hearted trivia.

    Northern Cardinal


    And the Oscar Goes To . . . The Killdeer! This eye-catching bird steals the show with its performance of a broken wing display. To draw an intruder or predator away from the nest site, Killdeer parents will fake an injury and flail about, dragging a wing on the ground. When their display leads the threat far enough away from the eggs or young, the parents suddenly become flightworthy and take off. Surprisingly, other birds, such as Snowy Owls, Mourning Doves and plovers, also feign broken wings.


    Fights Its Own Reflection Some male birds, such as male Northern Cardinals, are known to fight their own reflections in a window, vehicle mirror or chrome hubcap. It is believed that these males see the reflection as a competing bird and attack it in an attempt to drive it off. Often this aggressive behavior continues for a couple of days, but sometimes it goes on for months at a time!

    Anting for Hygiene Some birds perform a highly specialized behavior that may benefit feather health, called anting. After deliberately disturbing an ant mound, the birds will lie down and allow the ants to crawl all over them! Some of these birds crush the ants with their beaks and wipe the bug juices onto their feathers. It is thought that the formic acid discharged in the ants’ defense acts like an insecticide, helping to eliminate ectoparasites in the feathers. Some believe it also acts like a fungicide or bactericide.

    Where’s the Sunscreen? Oddly enough, some birds lie down in the sun and just stay there for a couple of minutes. They choose a sunny spot, spread their wings and tails, open their mouths, and usually close their eyes. This behavior is known as sunning. Many theories attempt to explain why birds do this, but most likely it just feels good.

    Ruby-throated Hummingbird

    Bathroom Break Time Vultures have a strange and unusual behavior of urinating and defecating on their legs and feet. The action is actually a means of cooling down by way of evaporative cooling. Called urohidrosis, the birds do this during hot weather, when they are overheating. The Wood Stork also does this to keep cool.

    Hawking for Food Flycatchers and other birds that mainly eat bugs will hunt flying insects in a technique called hawking. These birds simply perch on a branch and wait for an insect to pass by. When a bug comes near, they quickly dart out to snap it out of the air, and then return to the branch to eat.

    Funny thing, Red-headed Woodpeckers do the same exact thing even though they’re not flycatchers, and they don’t have a main diet of insects.

    Birds Using Tools Some gulls will carry clams or oysters high above the ground and drop them onto rocks to break open the shells. Crows use twigs to fish insects out of cracks and crevices.

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