Birds’ Amazing Physical Powers

Zebra FinchImagine how your life would be if you had a smidgen of your bird’s physical capabilities. The ability to fly would certainly be a life changer, and being able to see both sides of a room without turning your head could prove to be quite convenient. If you’re a bird lover, you’ll especially find these bird-focused articles worth a read, as they showcase more bird superpowers!

 

Cockatoos flying free in blue skyBirds Have Their Own GPS
Birds are known for their incredible sense of direction. Researchers are now finding that a specialized protein in birds’ eyes might allow them to sense the Earth’s magnet field to help navigate home from unfamiliar places or over long migratory routes. See how scientists at Lund University in Sweden made a key discovery about the internal magnetic compass in their study of zebra finches.

budgie parakeet on tableBirds’ Colors “Morph” 
We know that birds are a colorful bunch  especially parrots, with their hyacinth blues, emerald greens, sunburst yellow and everything in between. But you haven’t seen birds’ true colors – the way they might see each- until you’ve seen this!

 

 

Some Birds Are Fast As A Race Car!
Peregrine falcons use a dive, called a stoop, to catch other birds.  Unlike parrots, they are apex predators meaning that they are at the top of the food chain. The birds fly to great heights, then tuck their wings and plummet as they target their prey. Mid nose-dive, falcons have been clocked at 220 mph, equal to the top speed of a Formula One racecar.

Neopsephotus bourkii eggA Look Inside The Egg
Just how do birds develop in the egg? When exactly do they take their first breath? Here’s a fascinating look at how chicks “breathe” inside the egg, and why it’s more similar to human development than you might think.

Laura Doering

About Laura Doering

Laura Doering is the former editor of Bird Talk magazine and its sister publication, Birds USA magazine. She has covered just about every topic related to pet birds during her 13-year tenure at Bird Talk.