Friday, April 26, 2013

April 26...Arbor Day

April 26—Today is Arbor Day. What is your favorite kind of bird?

Here are some fun facts about birds:

The most yolks ever found in a single chicken’s egg is nine.

An ostrich egg needs to be boiled for 2 hours to get a hard-boiled egg.

The egg of the hummingbird is the world’s smallest bird’s egg; the egg of the ostrich is the world’s largest.

A bird’s normal body temperature is usually 7-8 degrees hotter than a human’s.

A bird’s heart beats 400 times per minute while resting and up to 1000 beats per minute while flying.

The kiwi of New Zealand is the only wingless bird.

Falcons can swoop at over 200 mph.

Penguins, ostriches, and dodo birds are all birds that do not fly.

Hummingbirds eat about every ten minutes, slurping down twice their body weight in nectar every day.

The only know poisonous bird in the world is the hooded pitohui of Papua, New Guinea.  The poison is found in its skin and feathers.

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