“For the birds.”
After insects, birds might be the most disparaged members of the animal kingdom. But birds are amazing animals, with brains that process information in ways humans could only dream about, and a whole host of other, amazing abilities.
Here are four birds that will leave you in awe of our avian friends.
Hummingbirds have “episodic memory”
For years, it was thought that only humans had episodic memory — the ability to remember not only “what” and “where,” but also “when.” But bird researchers have found that hummingbirds also have this capability.
A male rufous hummingbird can remember not only where the hundred of flowers in his territory is located, but in what order he last visited those flowers, and how quickly different flowers refill with nectar. For an animal that needs a meal every 10 minutes, that’s crucial data. And they do all that with a brain the size of a grain of rice.
Learn more about animal intelligence here Think Like An Animal
Great Horned Owls can crush their prey’s spine
Great Horned Owls might be the perfect predator. They hunt at night with large, forward-facing eyes that can see in low light, 100 times better than humans. Their binocular vision allows them to judge the distance from moving prey with pinpoint accuracy.
They have highly sensitive ears on the sides of their heads that allow them to hear mice and squirrels from 300 metres away, even if they are hiding under a metre of snow.
Great Horned Owls fly at low altitudes with wings that have comb-like edge feathers that muffle sound as they swoop down on prey. And the sensitive bottoms of the owls’ feet can feel their prey’s spine and crush it with lethal force. Their victims don’t stand much of a chance. Once spotted, this owl makes a kill about sixty percent of the time.
Watch the full doc here The Secret Life of Owls
Puffins are amazing navigators