Willie, a parrot, alerted its owner, Megan Howard, when the toddler she was babysitting began to choke. Megan was in the bathroom, the parrot began screaming “mama, baby” while flapping its wings as the child turned blue. Megan rushed over and performed the Heimlich, saving the girls life.
Eight-year-old Gabi Mann of Seattle, Washington receives gifts from crows in her garden. She feeds the crows regularly and little “treasures” are given in return including a miniature silver ball, a black button, a blue paper clip, a yellow bead, a blue Lego piece, and a pearl colored heart.
In order to maintain peace and quiet at night, the Long Beach City Council proposed a ban on “singing of birds” between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. in 1957.
In woodpeckers, most of the energy from pecking that reaches the brain is heat. The reason why woodpeckers peck in short bursts is to let their brain cool off.
In 1890, 60 common starlings were released in Central Park in an attempt to introduce every bird mentioned in the works of Shakespeare to America. They became a pest, and there are currently 150 million of them.
Hummingbirds are constantly hours away from starving to death, only being able to store enough energy to survive overnight. Having the highest metabolic rate of animal kingdom, their heart can reach 1260 BPM and they’ll breath 250 times a minute at rest.
Research from Moscow State University & the University of Iowa discovered that crows exhibit strong behavioral signs of analogical reasoning—the ability to solve puzzles like “bird is to air as fish is to what?” Analogical reasoning only develops in humans between the ages of three & four.
Some ducks have been observed floating through tidal rapids or fast-moving sections of rivers, and when they’ve reached the end, they hurry back to the beginning to ride over and over.
Scientists studied a parrot for 30 years and found he had the intelligence of a five-year-old human. He had a vocabulary of 150 words and could ask for a banana. If he was offered a nut instead, he would stare in silence, ask for the banana again, or take the nut and throw it at the researcher.