Birds of Summer
A Natural Beauty
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Did you Know
A bird’s anatomy is remarkably similar to that of a human – both have a heart with right and left coronary arteries and four chambers with four valves to pump blood into similar blood vessels.
A bird’s heart beats much faster than a human’s and pumps more blood for its size.
Birds have a remarkably flexible neck and can turn their heads around 180 degrees.
Although birds possess the senses of smell and taste, they are poorly developed.
Both humans and birds are warm-blooded creatures - birds operate at 41 degrees compared with our 37 degrees.
Bird blood contains all the same cells as ours – white cells for fighting infection, platelets for clotting after injury, and red cells for carrying oxygen round the body.
Native birds are most active in the early morning and early evening.
Parrots have been kept as companions possibly as far back as the time of the ancient Egyptians.
A bird’s bones are hollow and thin walled to make them lighter which helps them fly.
While most warm-blooded creatures have two kidneys, birds have just one so lighter and able to fly more easily.
Man has documented 9,200 species of bird around the world. In Australia, nearly 800 species of birds have been identified.
Crows and parrots are among the most intelligent birds living today.
Evidence shows parrots being kept in ancient Greek society as early as 400 BC.
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