Cool Bird Fact #1

A house wren can feed 500 spiders
and caterpillars to its nestlings during
a single summer afternoon.

Cool Bird Fact #1: House Wren

Cool Bird Fact #2

When danger threatens, a turkey vulture defends itself by puking up its last meal. This is a very gross and very effective defense strategy.

Cool Bird Fact #2: Turkey Vulture

Cool Bird Fact #3

More than 70 different bird species have been observed drinking nectar from hummingbird feeders.

Cool Bird Fact #3: Baltimore Oriole at Hummingbird Feeder

Cool Bird Fact #4

Herons and egrets were once shot by the thousands so that their ornate feathers could be used to decorate womens' hats. The shooting of most migratory birds is now illegal.

Cool Bird Fact #4: Herons and Egrets

Cool Bird Fact #5

Hummingbirds beat their wings as fast as 50 times per second, the fastest of any bird on the planet. This speedy wing beat, plus a rotating wrist joint, allows a hummingbird to hover in place, to fly backwards and upside down, and to catch tiny flying insects.

Cool Bird Fact #5: Hummingbirds

Cool Bird Fact #6

Robins are often considered the first sign of spring, but not all robins leave their home range in winter, so their appearance is not really a sign of spring.

Cool Bird Fact #6: Robins

Cool Bird Fact #7

Roadrunners eat almost anything they can catch: lizards and snakes, small rodents, scorpions and tarantulas, and large insects. They'll even leap up to catch hummingbirds at nectar feeders.

Cool Bird Fact #7: Roadrunners

Cool Bird Fact #8

Peregrine falcons may reach speeds of 200 miles per hour when diving for prey. They use their balled-up talons to knock out their prey, then catch the hapless, falling bird before it hits the ground or water.

Cool Bird Fact #8: Peregrine Falcon

Cool Bird Fact #9

A barn owl can swallow a large rat whole. After digesting its meal, the owl coughs up a pellet containing the rat's bones and fur.

Cool Bird Fact #9: Barn Owl

Cool Bird Fact #10

A Baltimore oriole can eat as many as 17 hairy caterpillars in a minute.

Cool Bird Fact #10: Baltimore Oriole
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