Take this Bird Quiz to test your knowledge of birds. We update the quiz regularly and it’s the most accurate among the other quizzes.
Birds are among the most beautiful and weird species on the planet, from beautifully colorful hummingbirds to farting thrushes. With over 9000 species, our lovely feathered companions may be found on practically every continent, from the frigid expanses of Antarctica to the tropical jungles of South America and every climate in between. Here are 15 fascinating facts about 15 magnificent bird species that you might not know.
RAVENS ARE EXTREMELY GOOD AT IMITATING OF HUMAN SPEECH AND SOUNDS.
While ravens in the wild are unlikely to learn human language, they can become highly communicative in captivity. Some ravens can mimic human speech better than parrots, not to mention sounds from the human world like vehicle engines revving or toilets flushing. Meanwhile, in the wild, ravens sometimes imitate other species, such as wolves or foxes, to entice them to appetizing carcasses they can’t open on their own.
OSTRICHES HAVE THE LARGEST EYES OF ANY LAND ANIMAL.
Ostrich eyes are the largest of any terrestrial animal (but they can’t compete with some of the gigantic species that live in the depths of the sea). Their eyes, which are roughly the size of a billiard ball, are really larger than their brains. Also, you must try to play this Bird Quiz.
CARDINALS ENJOY COVERING THEMSELVES IN ANTS.
Cardinals (and several other bird species) may sometimes smear crushed or living ants over their feathers or allow living ants to crawl on them. While scientists aren’t sure why birds “ant,” some believe the formic acid secreted during their ant bath helps them get rid of lice and other parasites.
OWLS EAT THEIR PREY IN ITS ENTIRETY.
When owls grab larger animals (such as raccoons and rabbits), they shred them up into bite-size pieces. They have also been observed swallowing whole smaller animals ranging from insects to mice. Owls subsequently regurgitate pellets containing indigestible parts of their food, such as animal bones and fur.
SOME DUCKS SLEEP WITH ONE OF THEIR EYES OPEN.
The ducks on the perimeter keep guard by napping with one eye open when they slumber in groups. While the other ducks sleep more deeply, those on the outside of the circle maintain one side of their brain alert even while they sleep, so predators can’t sneak upon them.
About the quiz
KIWI ARE CALLED “HONORARY MAMMALS” AT TIMES.
Kiwis are strange, land-bound birds native to New Zealand. Scientists have occasionally referred to kiwis as “honorary mammals” because of their odd characteristics, which include feathers that feel like hair, heavy bones packed with marrow, and nostrils on the tip of their nose (rather than at the base of their beak-like most birds).
THE MAJORITY OF HUMMINGBIRDS WEIGH LESS THAN A NICKEL.
Hummingbirds are extremely light. The average hummingbird weighs about 4 grams (one gram less than a nickel), while the smallest, the bee hummingbird, is about 1.6 grams (less than a penny). Meanwhile, the largest member of the hummingbird family is the aptly named giant hummingbird, which may weigh up to 24 grams—enormous for a hummingbird but only about a handful of loose coins.
THE RESULTS OF THE OLYMPIC GAMES WERE DELIVERED BY PIGEONS IN ANCIENT GREECE.
Pigeons said to be the first domesticated bird, have been employed for millennia to transmit messages such as critical military information and the results of early Olympic games. Though non-avian mail delivery has grown in popularity, pigeons were still used to convey messages throughout World War II.
PARROTS CAN LEARN THOUSANDS OF WORDS.
While most parrots learn about 50 words, some African grey parrots may memorize hundreds. Einstein, a beautiful African grey parrot at the Knoxville Zoo in Tennessee, has a vocabulary of about 200 words.