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Bird Trivia 1 - Did You Know This?
Here are some obscure and little-known facts for bird lovers.
Anna's Hummingbird
California Quail
Hummingbirds can't walk, only fly.
The top notch on the quail is called a hmuh.
Bewick's Wren
American Robin
The male Bewick’s Wren may build 3 or 4 dummy nests before letting the female decide which one to occupy.
The average life span of an American Robin is 12 years.
Hairy Woodpecker
Owls turn their heads almost in a circle because they cannot move their eyes.
A woodpecker can peck on wood close to 500 times a minute.
Great Blue Heron
Bald Eagle
Feathers make up 10% of a bird's weight.
The nest of a Bald Eagle can weigh over a ton and be 10 feet wide.
Mute Swans
American Crows
All the swans in England are the property of the monarch.
The American Crow can be found in all of the US states except Hawaii.
White-fronted Goose
Black-billed Magpie
Associations between White-fronted Goose parents and siblings can continue throughout their lives.
In captivity, magpies can be trained to imitate the human voice.
Brant Geese
Red Crossbill
Brant Geese are waterfowl flying champions, flying non-stop from Alaska to their wintering grounds in Baja California.
Red Crossbills leave their normal range when food is scare in search of the conifer seeds they love.
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Mallards are one of the fastest ducks, reaching speeds of 100 mph (with a tail wind helping).
Nuthatches use their bills to smear the sap of coniferous trees around the entrance of their nest cavities.
Red-breasted Mergansers
Bewick's Wren
The Red-breasted Merganser is the fastest duck on record, clocked at 100 mph.
Wrens wag their tails from side to side.
Red-winged Blackbird
Red-breasted Sapsucker
Blackbird couples raise two or three broods a year, making a new nest each time.
Sapsuckers drill holes then lick the sap and eat the insects trapped in the sap.
Spotted Towhee
Canada Goose
Spotted Towhees nest on the ground, with the female doing all the work of building the nest and incubating the eggs.
Canada Geese are non-native species to the UK, introduced by King Charles II in the seventeenth century.
Common Goldeneye
Ring-billed Gull
Some Common Goldeneye females abandon their broods soon after hatching and the young will join another female's brood.
Ring-billed Gulls nests in colonies. On Little Galloo Island in eastern Lake Ontario, there is a colony estimated as high as 82,000 pairs.
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