BIRDS OF THE WORLD is a website on some birds observed in various countries of the world. Birds are fascinating animals, not the least because they can fly. Flying is a feat that humans strove for and finally succeeded at after many long centuries of trials and disasters. Birds are descendants of dinosaurs just as crocodiles and turtles are.
There are different ways to access the bird profile pages on this website. If you know the species name you can use the ‘Search’ button. There is also a BIRD INDEX by English name, and a TAXONOMIC LIST of the species found on this website. The locations where the birds were observed are noted, with a link to access the list of birds in that location.
Birds come in very different sizes and sometimes striking colors, while some are flightless. Some are social, others are solitary. Some are predators, others are preyed upon. The bill shape determines the diet – conical for seed eaters for example.
Some bird species are sedentary, while others are migratory, and among the latter the record holder is the Arctic Tern with an annual round-trip migration distance of some 50,000 miles (80,000 km) between the Arctic and the Antarctic.
The plumage color will also change for some species depending on the season, also whether it’s a male or female, a mature individual or juvenile. Sometimes the same bird will have a different plumage depending on the country (for example the Great Cormorant) where it is found.
Birds vocalizations – or ‘language’ – are studied on an ongoing basis. When hundreds of American Crows roost for the night and are all cawing at the same time, or when an American Robin sings an early morning tune, or when males display species-specific elaborate courtship rituals – those are fascinating examples of birds communicating.
Our world would indeed be VERY different without birds around us.
Enjoy your visit to this website!