Spread Your Wings With These Bird Facts

Impress your friends with some feathered trivia.

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  • Birds are the only animals with feathers.

  • Although all birds have wings, a few species can't fly.

  • Great horned owls like to eat skunks and porcupines.

  • The northern cardinal is the Illinois state bird.

  • Birds see more colors than humans.

  • Female northern shovelers sometimes poop on their own eggs as a stinky defense to keep predators away.

  • There is no bird that actually has blue feathers in North America. Our eyes trick us into seeing blue feathers.

  • Birds can hear tornados miles away.

  • Crows are some of the smartest birds around. They can recognize you and even learn what day is garbage day to score a snack.

  • Burrowing owls line their nests with cow or horse poop to attract dung beetles that they eat like a crunchy snack.

  • Ruby-throated hummingbirds can fly more than 60 miles per hour.