This category really is for the birds. Class Aves in the animal kingdom, birds are bipedal, warm-blooded, winged vertebrate animals that lay eggs. With approximately 10,000 species worldwide, there is no end to the questions and answers you will find here. Fly in and flitter around.

38,205 Questions
Veterinary Medicine

Do mother birds really abandon their chicks if a human touches them?

Not usually! If you’ve heard that birds can smell if a human’s been around, that’s just not true—birds have a pretty poor sense of smell, so they probably won’t even notice your interference.

That said, do be careful if you’re inclined to swoop in and save a baby bird. Predators might be alerted to their location because of your meddling, and besides, not all seemingly abandoned babies are actually on their own—often, the parents are nearby. It’s always the safest bet to call a wildlife rehabilitator before taking matters into your own hands, but if there’s a baby bird in clear danger, it’s totally fine to give it a lift home.


Do ducks have bones?

ducks do have bones . all birds have bones.


What are lime sticks used to trap birds?

It's just a branch covered with something like a glue and placed somewhere a bird is likely to land. The bird's feet stick to the branch, much like a fly to flypaper and can be collected later by the hunter. There's no lime on or in a lime stick.

Flightless Birds

Which birds are flightless?

There are 7 families of flightless birds in total. They include the Kiwi, Cassowaries, Rheas, Ostriches, Tinamous, Emus and Penguins.

There are also numerous flightless birds within other groups of birds which are mostly made up of species which can fly. Rails, for example, include waterfowl such as moorhens, swamp hens and other small to medium birds which can fly but prefer not to. They cannot fly for any great distance, and within the rail family, there are numerous flightless birds, such as the Takahē and the weka of New Zealand, and the Inaccessible Island rail.

Other bird families have some members which cannot fly, even though most of the family can. The kakapo, which lives in New Zealand, is the world's only flightless parrot. The flightless steamer duck of the Falkland Islands is another bird which is an anomaly with its family. The Giant Coot of South America is unusual, as the adult cannot fly, but the young birds can.

There are many more species of flightless birds. See the related link for a more complete list.

Extinct birds which could not fly include the Moa, dodo, elephant bird and Terror bird.

Animal Life

Do birds have the same bowel movements?

Because birds only have one exit for their reproductive, digestive and urinary tracts — the cloaca — their pee and waste comes from the same place at the same time. So the green or brown trace you often see in the white uric acid paste is actually the equivalent of our feces.

Family Feud

According to Family Feud what is a bird you would not want to eat?

According to the game show Family Feud, the correct answers are as follows:

  • Robin
  • Crow
  • Pigeon
  • Parrot
  • Buzzard
  • Pheasant
  • Vulture
  • Owl

Other answers from other people on (not the game show itself) include the following:

  • Eagle
  • Hawk
  • Hummingbird
  • Ostrich
  • Parrot
  • Peacock
  • Raven
  • Duck (some really don't like the oily taste/texture of duck meat)
  • Goose (same with duck)
  • Flamingo
  • Pheasant

Do birds eat snakes?

Birds of prey such as hawks, eagles and owls definitely will eat snakes.

Here is a list of birds that eat snakes.

Red Tailed Hawk

Red Shouldered Hawk

Secretary Bird


Stellar's Sea Eagle

Bald Eagle


Blue Heron

American Egret

Cattle Egret

Green Heron

Sandhill Crane


Wood Stork

Also, Greater Roadrunners are one of the few animals that actively hunt rattlesnakes. They tend to hunt cooperatively to do this - one distracts the snake by displaying in front of it while another sneaks up behind it, pins it, and then bashes its head against a rock.


What is the name for cooked pigeon?

It's called Squab ... Hope that answers your question.

Seals and Sea Lions

What bird can swim as fast as a seal?

A penguin can swim as fast as a seal


4 names of birds migrate to INDIA?

  • Siberian Cranes
  • Greater Flamingo
  • Ruff
  • Black winged Stilt
New Zealand

What do New Zealand Fantails eat?

Fantails, (Piwakawaka), mainly feed on invertebrates, with occasionally fruit and somewhat.

I have a photo of a fantail feeding with its feet in a shallow stream - presumably some floating food.

Their fan-shaped tail is of immense value in allowing nimble turns in flight.

See the related link below for more information.


What are three stimuli a bird responds to?

Birds respond to temperature, food availability, and weather conditions. They also respond to loud noises, people moving toward them, dogs barking, etc.

Alligators and Crocodiles

Did crocodiles share a common ancestor with birds?

Yes. According to comparative genomics and morphology, crocodiles and birds share a common ancestor in Archosauria.

Care of Birds
Doves and Pigeons

What is the symbolic meaning of pigeons?

Peace. In greek mythology Aphrodite the goddess of beauty, peace, and love has a pigeon as her symbol. White pigeons represent the holy spirit in Catholicism.

Bird Behavior
Doves and Pigeons

What is the name of sound made by doves?

Doves make many different sounds, that range from coos to whouas. This depends on the species.


What animal has four legs and has feathers?

The only animal to have feathers are birds, and all birds are two-legged. So basically, the answer is only mythical creatures, such as the griffin.


What are webbed feet birds called?

The only kind of birds that have webbed feet are seafowl. So, if a bird, has webbed feet, he or she can generally be called a seafowl.


A lot of birds that do not live in or around the sea have webbed feet as well - many ducks for instance.

However, birds CAN be be categorized by their feet. Birds that have webs between their front three toes are called palmate. Birds that have feet that are not completely webbed are called semipalmate (such as the Semipalmated Sandpiper or the Semipalmated Plover - you can tell they were really creative when naming these species). Birds that have feet in which all four toes are webbed are called totipalmate, such as the pelican, cormorant, gannet, and booby.


What is the different outer covering of bird and bat?

Birds are covered with feathers. Bats are covered with hair.


What is Ireland's smallest bird?

the goldcrest (not the wren as folklore often says)


What is the average attention span of a bird?

Many birds have different attention spans. However, the bigger birds are very brave but have a habbit of looking away or cocking its head and staring at you.


What is the largest member of the parrot family?

The largest member of the parrot family by weight is the Kakapo, which lives in New Zealand. The kakapo can weigh from 1.5 to 3kg (52.5 - 105 ounces) for males, and 950g to 1.6kg (31.6 - 56 oz) for females. The kakapo averages 65cm in length (25 inches). The kakapo is the world's only flightless parrot.

The largest member of the parrot family by size is the Hyacinth Macaw which lives in south-central South America. The Hyacinth Macaw easily reaches 100cm in length (around 40-42 inches) but weighs an average of 1.7 kg , or 3.75 lb, which is lighter than the kakapo. The Hyacinth Macaw is the world's largest flying parrot.


Why bird sanctuary called sanctuary?

A sanctuary is the most holy part of a religious building such as a church or temple, and in times past, people being hunted could claim safety there from arrest or killing. Likewise, a bird sanctuary is a place of safety for birds.


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