City birds have learned to line their nests with cigarette butts in order to ward of parasites, as burnt nicotine works as an insecticide to ward off mites, lice and fleas.
Because birds such as pigeons have a much higher threshold for detecting movement, they would likely see a movie shown at today’s industry standard frame rate as a series of flashing slides
The highest flying bird is the Ruppell’s vulture; one was injested by a jet at 37,000 feet.
A Raven named Jimmy has starred in over 1,000 films between the 30s and 50s and could understand several hundred words and it took him just 1 week to learn a new word, 2 weeks if it had two syllables. His footprints were enshrined in cement at a large Los Angeles pet store, alongside Lassie.
Psychologist B. F. Skinner got pigeons to repeat strange “rituals” by dropping food into their cage at random intervals — the birds associated their actions before the treats with reward, and demonstrated superstitious repetition of those actions.
To preserve the harvest, Mao Zedong had all sparrows killed (along with rats, flies and mosquitoes) because they ate grain. The result was an ecological disaster that resulted in the birds’ natural prey devouring the harvest.
When people say “you eat like a bird” respond with “birds actually eat twice their body weight.”
There is evidence of early humans being killed and eaten by eagles.
In 2009, an estimated 31,000,000 birds died from being confused by light pollution while migrating overnight. Simply turning off the lights can potentially save tens of millions of birds from colliding with glass.
Crows are quite similar to humans and visit their aging parents many years after they have left the nest.
Near human-like levels of consciousness have been observed in the African gray parrot.
There is a metal band called Hatebeak whose lead singer is an African grey parrot.
If a goose gets sick or is wounded while flying a couple of other geese may drop out of formation to help and protect him. They will try to stay with the disabled goose until he dies or is able to fly again.
In 2006 over a 1000 toads swelled up to 3 times their size and exploded with no apparent reason, causing panic at the possibility of a new virus. The real reason? Local crows had figured out how to peck out the frog’s highly nutritious liver while avoiding their poisonous skin.
A species of Indonesian parrot called Goffin’s cockatoo can solve complex mechanical puzzles.