1. The chicken is the closest living relative to the Tyrannosaurus Rex.
2. The smallest bird egg belongs to the hummingbird and is the size of a pea. The largest bird egg, from which the ostrich hatches, is the size of a cantaloupe.
3. A bird’s eye takes up about 50 percent of its head; our eyes take up about 5 percent of our head. To be comparable to a bird’s eyes, our eyes would have to be the size of baseballs.
4. The penguin is the only bird that can swim, but not fly. It is also the only bird that walks upright.
5. Owls turn their heads almost 360○ (a complete circle) but they cannot move their eyes.
6. Chickens have over 200 distinct noises they make for communicating.
7. When it comes to birds, the males tend to have the more glamorous feather shape, coloration, songs, and dances. Female birds choose their mate based on how attractive they find them!
8. It is estimated that one third of all bird owners turn on a radio for their pet when they leave the house.
9. According to National Geographic, scientists have an answer for the age old dispute over which came first, the chicken or the egg. Reptiles were laying eggs thousands of years before chickens appeared. The first chicken came from an egg laid by a bird that was not quite a chicken. Therefore, the egg came first.
10. The first bird domesticated by humans was the goose.
11. Kiwi birds are blind, so they hunt by smell.
12. The common phrase “eat like a bird” should mean something quite different! Many birds eat twice their weight in food each day. In fact, a bird requires more food in proportion to its size than a baby or a cat.
13. A group of larks is called an exaltation, a group of chickens is called a peep, a group of geese is called a gaggle, a group of ravens is called a murder, and a group of owls is called a parliament.
14. Crows have the largest cerebral hemispheres (brains), relative to body size, of any avian family.
15. Mockingbirds can imitate many sounds, from a squeaking door to a cat meowing. They can also imitate sound of other birds.
16. The hummingbird is the only bird that can fly backwards.
17. The Ostrich is the largest bird in the world. It also lays the largest eggs and has the fastest maximum running speed (97 kph).
18. A duck’s quack doesn’t echo anywhere, and no one knows why.
19. The owl can catch a mouse in utter darkness, guided only by tiny sounds made by its prey.