Did you know that...

...The Oilbird uses echolocation like bats?
...The white morph of the Great Blue Heron swallowed and ate a Black-necked Stilt? [1]:449
...The Water Rail impales its prey with its bill, severing the prey's spine? [2]
...That some birds, such as the White Stork and the New World vultures defecate on themselves to keep cool? [3][4]
...That Shrikes impale their prey on thorny plants and barbed wire fences? [5]
...That the Kea eats carrion? [6]


  1. ^ Terres, John K. (1980). The Audubon Society Encyclopedia of North American Birds. Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. ISBN 0394466519. 
  2. ^ Taylor, Barry; van Perlo, Berl (2000). Rails. Robertsbridge, Sussex: Pica. ISBN 1-873403-59-3.  Cite uses deprecated parameter |coauthors= (help)
  3. ^ Sibley, Charles G.; Ahlquist, Jon E. (1990), Phylogeny and Classification of Birds: A Study in Molecular Evolution, Yale University Press (published 1991), pp. 513, ISBN 0-300-04085-7,, retrieved 2007-09-09 
  4. ^ "California Condors Cool Facts [[Ventana Wildlife Society]]". Retrieved 2007-08-14.  URL–wikilink conflict (help)
  5. ^ Frances, Peter; et al. (2007). Bird: The Definitive Visual Guide. Dorling Kindersley Inc. ISBN 1564582957. 
  6. ^ Harrison, Colin and Greensmith, Alan (1993). Birds of the World. Dorling Kindersley Inc. ISBN 1564582965. 
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