5 unbelievable facts about members of the avian kingdom
These beautiful feathered creatures live everywhere people do, but we still don't know a lot about them. You've definitely never heard these 5 bizarre bird facts – read on to get surprised.
#1 Green herons use tools to catch fish
These birds sometimes drop insects, earthworms, bread crusts and other objects into the water to attract and catch fish. It's still unknown how exactly green herons figured out a way to use lures.
#2 There are vampire birds
The vampire ground finch is a small bird endemic to the Galápagos Islands. They mostly feed on seeds and invertebrates, but when these resources are scarce, they prefer to drink blood of other birds, such as blue-footed boobies. Interestingly, the boobies usually don't resist it – the exact reason for this is still unknown.
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#3 Bearded vultures dye their feathers on purpose and feed on bones
The bearded vulture is the only vertebrate whose diet consists of 70-90% bone. Among interesting bearded vulture facts, it's not even the most bizarre one – as it turns out, these birds use red soil to paint their plumage. Most likely, they do it to show their dominance and scare other birds.
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#4 Albatrosses can go years without landing
Thanks to their impressive wingspan, the longest of any extant birds (up to 3.7 m or 12 ft), albatrosses can use wind currents to fly almost without expending any energy. They spend the first years of their lives flying over the ocean and sitting on water. Only when they are 6 years old or older, albatrosses go to land to mate.
#5 Bassian thrushs use farts to locate prey
These medium-sized birds are native to southeastern Australia. Bassian thrushs fart toward the ground, which makes the earthworms move and expose themselves to these inventive feathered hunters.
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