While the actual number of bird species is unknown since new species continue to be discovered, there are approximately 10,500 known species of birds in the world, according to the International Ornithologists’ Union. There are approximately 21,000 subspecies of birds.Continue Reading
Birds are found virtually everywhere on earth, and have adapted to each unique environment. In some cases, certain species are found only in a very small area, while others have a range that spans large parts of the globe.
Each species is unique in appearance and in its adaptation to the environment. Migratory birds often cross great distances across the ocean, and they have even been found in Antarctica.Learn more about Birds
A chart showing illustrations of select North American birds is available on the National Audubon Society's Guide to North American Birds webpage. Charts comparing physical features between birds to aid in identification are available from the website of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.Full Answer >
Baby birds are called hatchlings and may also be generally referred to as chicks. Depending on their stage of development, young birds may be further classified into hatchlings, fledglings or nestlings.Full Answer >
There are a few different ways that birds are able to travel at high speeds, from taking advantage of gravity during a downward swoop to traveling long distances in a relatively short period and just straightforward flying at impressive speeds. For example, when the falcon dives after flying up to great heights, it can move faster than 200 miles per hour, making it the fastest animal on the planet.Full Answer >
Pet mynah birds should be fed a diet consisting primarily of fruits and vegetables. Apples, strawberries, blueberries, pears, grapes, bananas and mangos are all suitable fruits for mynah birds, as long as they are washed, rinsed and dried. Kale, carrots, corn and sweet potatoes are examples of suitable vegetables.Full Answer >