Bald Eagle Facts

As occasionally happens, my eye was caught by a news headline about- what else?- a minor earthquake! This one was a small 3.2 magnitude centred on south San Diego, California and it means we have to have some more Bird Facts!

As this struck in the USA, why not devote this Bird Facts to their national bird, the Bald Eagle? Just look, 10 facts about Bald Eagles have perched right below… Continue reading “Bald Eagle Facts”

Crane Facts

Another week, another couple of earthquakes. As we do at this blog for some unfathomable reason, that means it’s time for another round of BIRD FACTS. As the biggest quake was in Japan, we’ll be learning about that iconic bird of Japan, the Crane!

  1. The Japanese Crane is also called the Red Crowned Crane!
  2. Because they have a red patch on top of their heads. This red patch is actually bare skin, so I think they should be called the Sunburned Monk Crane.
  3. On the other hand, monks in Japan would be Buddhist and they don’t go in for that weird western monk tonsure haircut so I suppose that name wouldn’t make any sense. Never mind.
  4. Speaking of mystical Japan stuff, they thought cranes lived for 1000 years so Cranes became a symbol of longevity and good luck.
  5. They absolutely don’t, but they can manage to reach 70 years old.
  6. Cranes are monogamous and so decorations featuring Cranes are popular for Japanese weddings.
  7. Red Crowned Cranes are pretty big, about 1.5 m tall with a 2.2m wingspan. This makes them the tallest flying bird (but not the biggest, you should remember that is the Albatross).
  8. They eat basically anything you can find in a wetland, frogs, small fish, rice bits, other plant stuff.
  9. They don’t have much habitat left so there’s fewer than 3000 left in the wild 😦
  10. Folding 1000 paper cranes is a good way to show that you like peace and also have 1000 sheets of paper.

 

Put these Crane Facts to good use!

P.S. I’m sorry if you were here looking for facts about construction equipment!

Ostrich Facts

I haven’t been up to anything intriguingly new lately but there was another earthquake around here and that is the signal that it is time for more BIRD FACTS. This time: Ostriches!

  1. Ostriches can’t fly!
  2. As such, they do feel earthquakes but they live in Africa so probably didn’t notice this one
  3. Ostriches are the largest living birds, about 2m tall.
  4. That means Ostrich eggs are the largest eggs too.
  5. Ostriches live in the same place as lions but have not all been eaten.
  6. Actually, they’ve been known to kill lions when defending nests.
  7. Ostriches are really, really fast (~70 km/h).
  8. So you can’t outrun an Ostrich and you can’t outfight it.
  9. Ostriches do not stick their heads in sand to avoid danger, that’s a myth!
  10. Maybe it would work for you though? Give it a try if you ever have to face an Ostrich in combat.

I hope you enjoyed these facts!

Shaking Out Some Albatross Facts

I have decided to be topical for a change and write a post the morning it’s published, about the morning it’s published! Sadly, nothing much is going on this Friday morning. I’ve got a cup of tea, I’m listening to some cracking pop music and the best story on the news is that there was a strong earthquake off New Zealand that was far enough offshore it didn’t really do anything.

I had a look at maps of the area and it’s just ocean, so the epicentre would have only hit fish and albatross. I don’t care much about fish, but I’ve seen albatrosses up close and they’re cool birds so here’s some albatross facts to start your weekend.

  1. Albatrosses can drink seawater.
  2. Adult non-breeding albatrosses are either flying or floating so earthquakes don’t bother them.
  3. Albatrosses can stay at sea for years without touching land.
  4. There’s a wild albatross that’s known to be over 65 years old, some could be older.
  5. Albatrosses are big- up to a 3.5m wingspan.
  6. It’s hard to picture how giant that is until they’re flying next to your head.
  7. Albatrosses will happily eat the results of human seasickness.

I hope these facts come in handy!