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Arctic Tern (Sterna paradisaea)

Posted by Ahmad Faraz on Saturday, May 2, 2009, In : BIRDS 

The arctic tern is a relatively small bird. It is also one of the most determined. Even though it is small it is still able to accomplish the remarkable feat of migrating over 22,000 miles (35,000 km) each year. The distance that it migrates is the longest of any bird. This mileage would be accurate if it flew in a straight line to where it was migrating to and from. But since it takes a lot of excursions the distance it flies each year is even greater. In fact the arctic tern almost never la...
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Hummingbird

Posted by Ahmad Faraz on Monday, April 20, 2009, In : BIRDS 

A Packet of Energy: Hummingbirds may be small, but they pack a lot energy in those tiny bodies. They come in a variety of dazzling colors, and due to the structure of their wings, they are the only birds with the ability to fly backward and upside down. They beat their wings rapidly; smaller species can flap their wings up to 80 times a second.

Nose for Nectar: The ruby-throated hummingbird migrates from Central America to Canada yearly, a trip that is nearly 2,000 miles long. All that acrobat...
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Falcon

Posted by Ahmad Faraz on Monday, April 20, 2009, In : BIRDS 

Prey During the Day: Falcons, as part of the group known as birds of prey, have acute eyesight, muscular legs and sharp bills. Most birds of prey hunt during the daytime, unlike owls.

World's Fastest Birds: Some species of falcon are barred forest falcon, Eleonora's falcon and the peregrine falcon. The peregrine falcon is one of the fastest birds in the world and can be found on every continent, except Antarctica. In this species females are 30 percent larger than the males. The peregrine falc...
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Flamingo

Posted by Ahmad Faraz on Monday, April 20, 2009, In : BIRDS 

Colored Crimson: There are five species of flamingo, ranging in height from under 32 inches to over 50 inches. Feather color also varies according to species, ranging from pale pink to crimson or vermilion. Feather color is a reflection of the food the flamingo eats, which is high in alpha- and beta-carotene.

Taste for the Unusual: This distinctive, long-legged bird can be found in mangrove swamps, lagoons, lakes or other brackish water of Central and South America, the West Indies and the Gal...
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Vulture

Posted by Ahmad Faraz on Monday, April 20, 2009, In : BIRDS 

Eaters of the Dead: Vultures, as part of the group known as birds of prey, have acute eyesight, muscular legs and sharp bills. While most birds of prey feed on live animals, the vulture specializes in eating the bodies of the dead. When a particularly good prize is discovered, it is not uncommon to find up to six different species of vulture taking part in the feeding frenzy.

Skills and Adaptations: Some species have adaptations or skills suited to the scavenger way of life. The African white-...
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BIRDS

Posted by Ahmad Faraz on Sunday, April 19, 2009, In : BIRDS 
Fabulous Feathers: Birds are distinguished from other animals by their feathers. Feathers help birds fly, of course, but they also serve many other functions. They provide insulation in cold weather and waterproofing for birds that swim (or are caught in rainstorms). They come in a seemingly infinite variety of colors, allowing birds to identify their own species, hide from predators, communicate with one another and more.

Bird Basics: All birds have modified forelimbs, or wings, which allow t...
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