The nest of an Emu can be up to 1.5 metres wide.

The Albatross has a wing span of up to 14 feet and only needs to land once every couple of years to breed. They can travel hundreds of thousands of miles each flight.

A flamingo can eat only when its head is upside down.

Some male songbirds sing more than 2000 times each day.

The longest recorded flight of a chicken is 13 seconds.

The biggest bird in the world is the ostrich, which can grow up to nine feet tall.

The Emu can run at speeds up to 45 km/hr.

The bones of a pigeon weigh less than its feathers.

The fastest bird is the Spine-tailed swift, clocked at speeds of up to 169 km/h

The hummingbird is the only bird that can fly backwards.

Owls have eyeballs that are tubular in shape, because of this, they cannot move their eyes.

A woodpecker can peck twenty times a second.


Hummingbirds are the smallest birds - so tiny that one of their enemies is an insect, the praying mantis.

An albatross can sleep while it flies. It apparently dozes while cruising at 25 mph.

It may take longer than two days for a chick to break out of its shell.

Flamingos are not naturally pink. They get their colour from their food -- tiny green algae that turn pink during digestion.

The hummingbird's brain, 4.2 percent of its body weight, is proportionately the largest among birds.

The owl can catch a mouse in utter darkness, guided only by tiny sounds made by its prey.

A seagull can drink salt water because it has special glands that filter out the salt.

Penguins can jump as high as 6 feet in the air.

A chicken with red earlobes will produce brown eggs, and a chicken with white earlobes will produce white eggs.

A duck's quack doesn't echo anywhere, and no one knows why.

Roosters tilt their heads back when they crow to cover their ear canal completely. This prevents them from going deaf due to their own loud crowing.

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