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.
A parrot named Puck is listed in the Guinness World Book of Records as “The bird with the largest vocabulary in the world” with a vocabulary of 1728 words. Also he wouldn’t just mimic, he would often create his own phrases and sentences.
In Australia, someone loses an eye every year from a magpie attack. It also managed to indirectly kill a 12 year old boy by chasing him to a road where he was promptly hit by a car.
Urban birds now perform a sort of ‘avian rap’ with short and fast songs while their rural counterparts stick to slow melodies.
A king penguin in Japan was rescued and nursed back to life. He refused to leave, and now lives with the family. He has his own extra cold room, and he goes out on walks around the neighborhood to pick up groceries.
Owls are found in all different habitats and there are different owl species found on all continents except Antarctica.
In 1987 a lone Chilean Flamingo named Pink Floyd escaped from a zoo in Salt Lake City and lived alone in the wild in Utah on the Great Salt Lake, surviving off brine shrimp. He was last seen in 2005, but others have claimed they’ve spotted him since.
The world’s largest parrot is also flightless and nocturnal. There are only 126 left in the world, and they spend their days hiding from giant eagles that went extinct hundreds of years ago.
1 in 10000 chickens develops as female on one side and male on the other.
John James Audubon (1785-1851) was not the first person to attempt to paint and describe all the birds of America (Alexander Wilson has that distinction), but for half a century he was the young country’s dominant wildlife artist. His seminal Birds of America, a collection of 435 life-size prints, quickly eclipsed Wilson’s work and is still a standard against which 20th and 21st century bird artists. But few know that he killed every bird he painted.