Top 10 Facts About Birds

There are 10,000 species of bird.

There are around 10,000 different species of bird. They range from big to small, and are lots of different colours!

All birds lay eggs.

All female birds lay eggs. Their baby birds then hatch out of the shells when they are ready.

Birds migrate to other countries.

A lot of birds migrate which means, depending on the season, they fly elsewhere. This is often to do with the weather of different countries or places.

All birds have feathers!

All birds have feathers and they are very useful for lots of different reasons.

Birds don’t have teeth.

Birds don’t have teeth which means they have to swallow food whole. They have an organ called a gizzard which grinds up their food.

Birds are great communicators.

Birds chirp and sing. They do this for lots of different reasons.

A group of birds is called a flock.

A flock of birds is a large group of birds from the same species. They stay very close together.

Some birds can mimic humans!

You might already know that parrots can mimic what we say. Crows and ravens can also do it… although wild ones haven’t had much practice.

Ostriches have the largest eyes in any mammal on land.

As well as their large eyes… they also lay the largest eggs.

The smallest bird is a Bee Hummingbird.

The Bee Hummingbird is the smallest bird on the planet. It can grow from 5 to 6.1 centimetres.