You see birds everywhere, but how well do you know these majestic featured creatures? If your answer is not that much, well, this article is for you! We’ll be covering different types of birds, as well as words related to birds.
At the top of most lists for words related to birds is “vulture.” If you have ever lived in or visited a rural area, you may have observed these large birds of prey because they often circle overhead. Like all members of the Aves class, vultures have feathers. What makes them unique, however, is the absence of feathers on their neck and head. Vultures often rely on other predators (I.e., hyenas, coyotes, eagles) to tear open a carcass before they eat it.
You will want to include the term “feather” in your bird vocabulary. A feather is basically a fringed plume that comes in many sizes, textures, and colors. A feather can be a neutral color like brown or gray. There are also many birds with vibrantly colored plumes. Parts of a bird feather include the shaft, vane, and quill. Just as you might enjoy looking at a bird’s colorful, vibrant feathers, other birds of the same species do, too. This is why many birds use their feathers for display to attract a mate.
Think of a bird’s wing as similar to your arm. The wing of a bird is an appendage. It helps a bird balance. Like their feathers, birds also use their wings for display. Birds that migrate have longer wings than non-migratory birds.
If you have taken a stroll through a wooded area, you may have walked right past an owl without realizing it. An owl is a solitary type of bird of prey. It has a special, serrated edge on its feathers, which helps maintain silence in flight. An owl has an acute sense of hearing, enabling it to locate prey in the dark.
A parrot is a colorful bird that is native to tropical areas. Parrots are usually quite vocal. In the wild, a parrot helps propagate the forest by dropping undigested seeds through its guano. They feast on fruit and seeds. Many parrots also drink nectar and help pollinate plants.
Have you ever sat outside on a quiet evening or morning and listened to birdsong? “Chirp” is the most common term people use to describe the sound a bird makes. As opposed to a shriek or screech (like an owl), a chirp is a short, melodious sound.
Birds do not have teeth. All birds, however, have bills or beaks. Birds of prey like owls, hawks, or eagles have hooked beaks. Other birds have coniferous beaks, and some have curved beaks. The type of beak a bird has can tell you a lot about the kind of food it eats.
The word “egg” refers to the offspring produced from a bird. They come in all sorts of colors and sizes. Some bird eggs are quite strong, withstanding up to 26 pounds of pressure before cracking. The number of eggs in a single laying is called a “clutch.” A clutch might contain one egg or up to 17. A bird egg has a yolk, albumen, and inner and outer membranes. If the egg is fertilized, live young will hatch.
A nest is the bed or shelter that a bird uses to lay eggs. Females will incubate their eggs (keep them warm) by sitting on the eggs in a nest. Birds raise their young in a nest until the young are ready to fly off on their own.
Ostriches are flightless birds. Males can grow to be over eight feet tall. These massive birds can run at speeds exceeding 40 miles per hour. Unlike a parakeet or other small bird, you can’t hold an ostrich since they weigh more than 300 pounds!
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