Sunday, October 16, 2011

Birds

Birds

Sadly, even though the exams are over, the schoolwork is still there. I have just received an English Reading Project by my English Teacher. I have to finish by Friday. Oh well, on the bright side, there is PSLE Marking Exercise for the week, so I don’t have to go to school for the next 4 days.

So, moving onto birds. Birds come in many,many shapes and colours and lifetimes, and I will talk about all that later. Right now, I am going to talk about how birds fly.

The comic kind of illustrates how a bird flies. When a bird flaps, there are 2 stages, when the wings flap up, and when the wings flap down.

flapping wings up

Flapping wings up

flapping sings down

Flapping wings down

When it flaps it’s wings up, it produces some potential energy.which helps to push the bird up into the air. The bird controls which direction it wants to go by tilting its tail feathers left and right. When it wants to land, it spreads out its wings so that it can glide down.

Of course, you might have realized that some birds cannot fly. They survive by different abilities, like running fast, or resistance against the cold, or having pretty feathers.

Ostrich

Ostrich

Penguin

Penguin

peacock

Peacock…

nyan cat

…not to be confused with the nyan cat, which can actually fly.

So, that’s how birds basically survive, whether it is through flight or non-flight. I could go on and on about how many different species of birds there are, but it is getting kind of late right now, so I’ll just leave with a few record-breaking birds:

The Smallest Bird

Male bee hummingbirds, can weigh around 1.5 grams and are about 7cm in length.

The Tallest and Heaviest Bird

The Ostrich can weigh in at about 156kg and 2.8 metres

The Best Talker

Goes to the species the African Grey Parrot. They can learn many new words after hearing them only a few times. Unlike other parrots, they can lines and lines of songs, plays, and performances. More specifically, the Guinness Book of Records has listed the best talker to be Prudle, an African Grey Parrot who has learned over a 1000 words during his lifetime.

Most Airborne Bird

Airborne means being in the air. The sooty tern takes the prize, which can spend 3-10 years in the air before coming down to the ground as an adult to lay eggs.

Fastest Flying Bird

The peregrine falcon. It can reach up to speeds of 270km per hour. Traffic officers have been unable to issue it a speeding ticket as it is just too fast

Slowest Bird

The American and Eurasian woodcock have been timed to travel at 8km per hour. Traffic Officers have unable to ask it to move faster as they are just too slow.

Flying Backwards

Yes, birds can fly backwards. The hummingbird is the best at this. Why they need to do is still unknown. (To me, at least)

Most food consumed

Hummingbirds (again). They can consume up to half their body weight in insects and nectar EVERY DAY. How they manage to eat so much and still maintain such a slim figure is unknown.

Strangest Diet

An ostrich living at the London Zoo, England was found to have swallowed an alarm clock, a roll of film, a handkerchief, a metre-long piece of rope, a cycle valve , a pencil, three gloves, a collar stud, a Belgian franc, four halfpennies and two farthings. (Halfpennies and Farthings are British coins)

Smelliest Bird

The South American hoatzin. It smells like, to put it politely, cow manure, It apparently has something to do with how it digests stuff.

Bossiest Bird

These are the kea from the New Zealand. They are extremely intelligent. and are very curious, and they can find new ways to find and trap prey. Experts say that their intelligence matches a monkey’s. Don’t laugh, monkeys ARE intelligent. Monkeys don’t start World Wars. Monkeys don’t suicide. Anyway, kea are the bossiest birds because it they are actually able to make small societies, in which there are higher-status kea who can order the others around.

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