Facts About Birds Part 2


Robin On A Fork Handle


The characteristic image of a robin on a spade handle is due to their territorial instinct. The male is simply seeking a favourable lookout post!

Great Spotted Woodpecker Greeting Card


A woodpecker’s tongue can be up to 4 inches long and wraps around the skull. Many woodpeckers have barbed tongues that help them extract bugs from trees and holes.



If jays are threatened by hawks, the usually shy birds will mob their attackers, mimicking the hawks’ calls as an alarm.

Whooping Cranes
Whooping Cranes


Kagus are known locally as ‘ghosts of the forest’ due to their pale grey plumage.

Baker's Yuhina
Image credit: Francesco Veronesi


The record number of wrens found nesting together is 63.

Peregrine Falcon
Peregrine Falcon


Unlike many other owls, short-eared owls can frequently be seen hunting in broad daylight as well as in the early evening.

Northern Cardinal
Northern Cardinal


Gentoo penguins are the fastest penguin underwater, able to reach speeds of 36kph, and they can dive up to 170 metres.

Red-Billed Streamertail
Red-Billed Streamertail


Ring-necked parakeets are the only species of parrot that live wild in the UK. They are descended from aviary birds which were released or have escaped into the wild.

House Sparrow
House Sparrow


Chiffchaffs will only sing in trees more than 5m high.

Herring Gull


The yellowness of a male blue tit’s breast is an indication of the number of yellowy-green caterpillars he has eaten.

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