Thursday, March 3, 2011

Today's Trivia - All About Birds

This week’s trivia is following the lead of this week’s quiz; it’s all about birds...

- The average canary has about 2,200 feathers.

- There are more chickens in the world than people.

- There is a type of parrot in New Zealand that likes to eat the rubber strips that line car windows.

- Chickens absorb vitamin-D through their combs from sunshine.

- Emus have double-plumed feathers, and they lay emerald/forest green eggs.

- Roosters can't crow if they can't fully extend their necks.

- It takes forty minutes to hard boil an ostrich egg.

- Kiwi birds are blind; they hunt by smell.

- The first bird domesticated by man was the goose.

- "Eat like a bird"? Many birds eat twice their weight a day.

- Emus cannot walk backwards.

- There are more bald eagles in the province of British Columbia then there are in the whole United States.

- A flamingo can eat only when its head is upside down.

- A group of larks is called an exaltation.

- A group of geese is called a gaggle.

- Some of the most frequently seen birds at feeders across North America are the Dark-eyed Junco, House Finch and American goldfinch, along with downy woodpeckers, blue jays, mourning doves, black-capped chickadees, house sparrows, northern cardinals and European starlings.

- Big Ben was slowed five minutes one day when a passing group of starlings decided to take a rest on the minute hand of the clock.

- A group of ravens is called a murder.

- A group of owls is called a parliament.

- A robin's egg is blue, but if you put it in vinegar for thirty days it turns yellow.

- If NASA sent birds into space they would soon die; they need gravity to swallow.

- Ancient Romans ate flamingo tongues and considered them a delicacy.

- Crows have the largest cerebral hemispheres, relative to body size, of any avian family.

- Mockingbirds can imitate any sound from a squeaking door to a cat meowing.

- All swans and all sturgeons in England are property of the Queen.

- A father Emperor penguin withstands the Antarctic cold for 60 days or more to protect his eggs, which he keeps on his feet, covered with a feathered flap.

- In the four months of travel, courtship, and incubation, the male Emperor Penguin may lose as much as 20 kg (44 lb).

- A woodpecker can peck twenty times a second.

- Parrots, most famous of all talking birds, rarely acquire a vocabulary of more than twenty words, however Tymhoney Greys and African Greys have been know to carry vocabularies in excess of 100 words.

- Lovebirds are small parakeets who live in pairs.

- Macaroni, Gentoo, Chinstrap and Emperor are types of penguins.

- Owls have eyeballs that are tubular in shape; because of this, they cannot move their eyes.

- The average adult male ostrich, the world's largest living bird, weighs up to 345 pounds.

- The fastest bird is the Spine-tailed swift, clocked at speeds of up to 220 miles per hour.

- The hummingbird, the loon, the swift, the kingfisher and the grebe are all birds that cannot walk.

- The Kiwi, national bird of New Zealand, can't fly. It lives in a hole in the ground, is almost blind, and lays only one egg each year. Despite this, it has survived for more than 70 million years.

- The turkey was named for what was wrongly thought to be its country of origin.

- Bowerbirds of Australia and New Guinea decorate their courting grounds with everything from beetle wings to car keys.

- Since 1600, 109 species and subspecies of birds have become extinct.

- A hummingbird weighs less than a penny.

- A group of chickens is called a peep.

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