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The strike of the eagle talon is so powerful that it's force is twice that of a rifle bullet.

Whenever a Bald Eagle migrates south it always goes to the same spot and when it returns north it always goes back to the same spot.

Sub adult eagles that have not yet made a breeding territory are believed to wander more.

Adult eagles usually stay near their nesting territory as the supply of food and weather conditions will allow.

Bald Eagles are the national symbol of the United States

Eagles have great eyesight that helps them see for one to one and a half miles away. (Thus the term eagles eye) They can dive at 100 miles per hour. Their eyesight and diving ability help them catch food.

Bald Eagles help man by catching rodents and rabbits that destroy grain fields.

Bald Eagles can fly with 8 pounds of food.

Bald Eagles normally eat fish. Sometimes they will eat snakes and smaller birds.

There are approximately 7,000 feathers on an eagle.

Pound for pound, an eagle's wing is stronger than the wing of an airplane.

An eagle can kill a young deer and fly away with it.

An eagle's nest located in Maryland, USA reportedly weighed about 3,000 pounds.

On average, a hen lays 300 eggs per year.

Nine egg yolks have been found in one chicken egg.

A mother hen turns her egg approximately 50 times in a day. This is so the yolk does not stick to the shell.

To produce a dozen eggs, a hen has to eat about four pounds of feed.

The largest chicken egg ever laid weighed a pound and had a double yolk and shell.

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

A chicken is 75% water.

In the U.S., approximately 46% of the chicken that is eaten by people comes from restaurants or other food outlets.

Hens will produce larger eggs as they grow older.

A chicken loses its feathers when it becomes stressed.

A chicken once had its head cut off and survived for over eighteen months, headless.

A female ostrich shows remarkable ability to recognize her own eggs even when mixed in with those of other females in their communal nest.

Ostriches are so powerful that a single kick at a predator, such as a lion, could be fatal.

Ostriches stretch out their neck and lay their head on the ground to keep from being seen, hence the myth that ostriches hide in the sand.

Ostrich is the largest and heaviest living bird. It is unable to fly and does not posses a keeled sternum (breastbone) common to most birds.

Ostriches can run up to 70km/hr(40 mph) and can outpace most pursuers, such as lions, leopards, and hyenas.

Ostriches do not bury their head in the sand.

When fully grown an ostrich has one of the most advanced immune systems known to mankind.

Ostriches have the best feed to weight ratio gain of any land animal in the world. They are successfully farmed in at least 50 countries; from the coldest climates of Alaska to the equatorial areas of central Africa.

Ostriches are not an endangered species; there are at least 2 million worldwide.

Ostrich meat resembles beef in its appearance and is cooked almost the same way.

Ostrich meat is a red meat and is very low in cholesterol, calories and is almost fat free.

Ostriches produce the strongest commercially available leather in the world and some of the most beautiful feathers.

Ostriches skeletons and fossils have been found which date back over 120 million years; ostriches are a true dinosaur.

There are 3 main species of ostriches of which only one, the Struthio Camelus Domesticus (the African Black), is found in captivity.

Ostriches cannot fly.

The ostrich is a member of the ratite family of birds.

One ostrich egg equals up to 24 chicken eggs. And it takes approximately 2 hours to boil!

The ostrich has two toes on each feet which gives it greater speed.

The fastest running bird is the Ostrich, which has been clocked at 97.5 kilometers per hour.

Ostriches stick their heads in the sand to look for water.

An ostrich's eye is bigger than its brain.

Ostriches stick their heads in the sand to look for water.

On ostrich's egg weighs 3 1/2 pounds.

The largest egg laid by a living bird is that of the North African Ostrich. It is 6 to 8 inches in length and 4 to 6 inches in diameter. The smallest is that of the hummingbird. It is less than 0.39 inches in diameter.

Ducks were once wild until they were domesticated by the Chinese many hundreds of years ago.

Ducks keep clean by preening themselves with their beaks, which they do often. They also line their nests with feathers plucked from their chest.

Ducks' feathers are waterproof. There is a special gland that produces oil near the tail that spreads and covers the outer coat of feathers. Beneath this waterproof layer are fluffy and soft feathers to keep the duck warm.

Ducks provide us with eggs, meat and feathers.

Ducks' feet have no nerves or blood vessels. This means ducks never feel the cold, even if they swim in icy cold water.

A duck waddles instead of walking because of its webbed feet.

Ducks have webbed feet, which act like paddles.

Ducks can live from 2-12 years, depending on the species.

The duck is the smallest of them all and have shorter necks and wings and a stout body.

Ducks are related to geese and swans.

A male duck is called a drake, a female is called a duck. Babies are called ducklings.

All of the Peking ducks in the United States are descendents from three ducks and one drake imported to Long Island, New York in 1873.

A duck has three eyelids.

A duck's quack has no echo.

Some ducks and geese can fly as much as 332 miles a day!

Hummingbirds cannot become addicted to the nectar you put out in your feeder. They will leave the feeders when they need to.

Hummingbirds eat both nectar and the small insects found near the nectar.

Although male hummers are more colorful than female hummers, female hummingbirds are relatively colorful.

Hummingbirds have split tongues, which they fold into a tube when feeding.

Normal flight speed for a hummingbird is 25 to 30 mph, but hummers can dive at speeds of up to 60 mph.

It takes hummingbird eggs two to 2 1/2 weeks to hatch.

Hummingbird eggs are so small that a penny would completely cover three of them. The usual brood, however, is two eggs.

Hummingbird nests average about 1-1/2 inches in outside diameter. A penny will almost fill the inside diameter.

Only ten species of hummers have significant ranges north of Mexico. Only the ruby-throated hummingbird ranges east of the Mississippi.

In the eighteenth century, when Swedish naturalist Carolus Linnaeus devised the scientific classification system still in use today (kingdom, phylum, class, order and family) hummingbirds were assigned their own family: Trochilidae, from the Greek trochilos, meaning small bird.

When early Spanish explorers encountered hummingbirds they called them Joyas voladoras, flying jewels.

Hummingbirds are native to South America.

Adult female Ruby-throated Hummingbirds are 15-20% larger than adult males.

The only bird that can fly backwards is the Hummingbird.

A hummingbird's heart beats 615 beats in a minute.

Hummingbirds flap their wings between 50 and 70 times a second

Some species of the parrot have become endangered. Thousands are brought to Europe and North America as pets. Many of these die making this journey.

Parrots have a wide range of articulations. Wild parrots do not imitate. Only pets will mimic people and noises they hear. The African gray parrots are the best mimics.

Parrots are hole nesters. They build their nests in holes in trees, termite mounts, rock cavities, or ground tunnels. A few exceptions will build stick nests.

More than 90 percent of the parrots imported into the United States are probably wild caught.

It is thought that two million parrots alone are legally or illegally traded each year.
More than 1.8 million parrots legally entered the international trade from 1982-1988 of which 80 percent were imported into the United States.

Recent figures suggest that 40 percent of these species are threatened primarily by habitat destruction, 17 percent primarily by trade, 36 percent by a combination of the two causes and 7 percent by other factors.

At least 30 percent of the 140 parrot species found in the Western Hemisphere are now threatened with extinction.

An additional 25,000 parrots die of suffocation, starvation, inhumane treatment while being transported to the Texas border.

An estimated 25,000 wild parrots, caught or plucked from their nests in Mexico, are smuggled across the Texas border each year.

Every year, approximately 250,000 parrots are imported to the United States to satisfy a demand for exotic birds as pets.

It is estimated in the year 2000 there were 60 million birds in 6.13 million homes.

In 1990 there were 11 million pet birds living in 5.1 million households in the US
By 1996 the number of pet birds had grown to 40 million while the number of homes remained fairly consistent at 5.9 million.

In the wild, Macaws and Cockatoos can fly 500 miles per day in search of food!
Some parrot vocalizations can be heard for up to 1 mile!

Wild parrots live in the forest of tropical zones including South America, Australia, and New Guinea. A few live in Africa and mainland Asia.

Larger parrots such as the macaws and cockatoos live more than 75 years.

Smaller parrots live 10 to 15 years.

Parrots have large heads and short necks.

Some American parrots are mostly blue or yellow.

Most parrots are predominantly green, especially the ones from South America.

Parrots weigh from just a few ounces to 3½ pounds.

Parrots range in size from the pygmy of the South Pacific which is only 3½ inches long to the hyacinth macaw which is about 10 inches long. Much of its length is in its long tail.

Parrots are divided into groups such as cockatoos, lories, lovebirds, macaws, and parakeets.

Three hundred and twenty-eight different species of parrots live on the Earth.

There are 315 species of parrot in the world.

Parrots cannot eat chocolate because it ...

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