8 Birds With Peculiar Characteristics

April 20, 2023

By Radha Maithili Sekharamantry

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Did You Know

The  Eurasian eagle-owl has feathers on its legs that keep it warm? Here are some more facts about birds that you didn’t know.

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African Grey Parrot

The African grey parrot is as intelligent as a 5-year-old child. It can recognise shapes, colors and even understand basic grammar.

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Penguins can drink saltwater without getting dehydrated because, just above their eyes, they have a special gland that takes out salt from seawater.

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Australian Lyrebird

The Australian lyrebird can copy the sounds of other birds, animals, and even machinery, such as chainsaws and car alarms.

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The hoatzin, also known as stinkbird, is a bird native to South America. It smells bad because it has a special way of digesting food called fermentation that makes methane gas.

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Helmeted Hornbill

The helmeted hornbill, a bird native to Southeast Asia, has a strong beak made of solid keratin, the same thing as that of human hair and nails.

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Flamingos are pink because of the pigments in the algae and crustaceans they eat. If they stop eating them, their feathers turn white.

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The kea, a parrot native to New Zealand, has a reputation for being mischievous and curious. It likes to steal things like cameras and backpacks.

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Common Raven

The common raven is one of the most intelligent bird species. It has the ability to solve puzzles and use tools to obtain food.