Celebrating National Bird Day

Happy National Bird Day! January 5th is a day that we can set aside to celebrate birds in their many shapes and sizes. To celebrate at Light Future Art, we’re going to share some fun facts about many different kinds of birds!

White Swan on Water1. The name for a group of swans is a ballet, a wedge, or a lamentation.
2. Woodpeckers can identify one another by the unique pattern of hammering against the trunk of a tree. Each woodpecker has its own pattern which is as individual to them as a song.
3. Budgerigars are the only non-mammal, and one of the only animals period, to display the behavior of contagious yawning.
4. When ducks are sleeping in large groups together, the ducks on the inside of the group sleep deeply and the ducks on the outside of the group sleep with one eye open to protect those on the inside.

 

Colorful Hummingbird in Air5. Birds automatically grip onto branches which they are perching on because of tendons in their feet, not muscles. This makes it safe for them to sleep while perching with no danger of falling.
6. 32 pigeons were awarded the Dickin Medal in World War II. The Dickin Medal is awarded to animals who displayed exceptional devotion and bravery in war.
7. Hummingbirds are so small that they have less than 1,000 feathers as an adult.
8. Acorn woodpeckers drill holes in trees not to find bugs but to store their stash of acorns. Each acorn has its own hole to be stored in. Some trees may hold thousands of acorns each in their individual compartments. These trees are called “granary trees”.

 

 

 

Crow Standing on Rock9. There are about 40 million pet birds living in the US alone.
10. Crows have the largest brain in relation to their body size of any bird.
11. Part of how crows use their brains is to remember faces. They can recognize the faces of humans who they’ve met in the past and remember bad experiences better than good ones. They also tell other crows about these humans and spread their grudge to many other crows.
12. The albatross is capable of taking a nap while flying. Some have been observed sleeping while flying at speeds of 25 miles per hour.

 

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