Birds are compelling creatures. You can’t help but be intrigued by them as they have interesting behavior patterns and limited ways of expressing themselves other than through chirping. They are small and cute, or large and majestic. Most have the gift of flight, which you can only dream of, while some are like us and can’t leave the ground. There are so many different bird types to see, we will help you get started with a few of our favorites.
In Misha Marynerick Blaise’s Crazy for Birds, you learn about this fascinating species’ members and their talents and unique qualities. By analyzing these, we can enjoy the wonder of these feathered creatures and have gratitude for them.
Here are some fantastic, inspiring bird types that you will be crazy for:
For how long do you believe a bird can stay in the air? Some would maybe figure a few or more hours, or perhaps a day considering the long migration travels. Would you have ever imagined they could fly for up to 10 months?
The common swift is a strong, powerful flyer and does not need any stops along their migration route of up to 60,000 miles from Antarctica to England.
The Goldcrest is Europe’s smallest bird, with only a 14cm wingspan and weighing up to 6g. They are tiny, cunning survivors who manage to migrate internationally with their little wings carrying them far distances.
Despite its size, the goldcrest can lay up to a dozen eggs over two weeks that total more than its size.
These quirky land-bound birds have been nicknamed “honorary mammals” for their qualities. They don’t fly, their feathers are almost hair-like, and they have heavier bone density. Located in and around New Zealand, these interesting birds have nostrils at the end of their nose like a mammal, when most birds usually have nostrils at the beginning of their beak.
This is the world’s fastest animal. It uses aerodynamics to support its speed when attacking prey. The peregrine falcon is a majestic, noble creature as it soars to great heights and then tucks its wings when declining to achieve incredible speed.
The Whooping Crane
These elegant birds are the tallest in North America. They stand up to 5 feet tall with immense wingspans that amaze you to see when they take flight. Their name comes from their interesting “whoop” sound used for their mating rituals.
These migratory birds that usually reside in Canada during warm seasons and Texas during the winter are unfortunately at risk of extinction, with as few as 600 left.
Next time you step outside, remember these bird types while you look for the birds around you and appreciate their impressive qualities and magnificence in their habitats.