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Amazing facts for kids about our planet and how we live our lives — facts that are stranger than fiction! Prepare to be amazed, because truth can be stranger than fact, sometimes!

The pink colouring of flamingos depends on…

The pink colouring of flamingos depends on the food they eat. In the wild, they filter shrimps and algae from water. In captivity, they are often fed on carrot juice to prevent their feathers fading ot dull grey.

Herons have special feathers that break up…

Herons have special feathers that break up into powder. They rub this into feathers that are sticky with slime from feeding on eels. The resulting sticky balls are then removed with tiny comb-like teeth on the middle claw of each foot.

The passenger pigeon made the most rapid…

The passenger pigeon made the most rapid disappearance ever known, In the 1800s, it was so common in the USA that flocks of over 2,000 million birds were estimated. By 1900, there were none left in the wild, and the last one died in...

Bird’s nest soup is made from the nests…

Bird's nest soup is made from the nests of cave swiftlets in Asia. Huge colonies of these little birds live in vast caves, making nests of saliva stuck to the roofs and walls. It takes the edible-nest swiftlet about 30 to 40 days to...

Puffins are the only birds to moult their…

Puffins are the only birds to moult their beaks. In other birds, beaks constantly grow and wear down throughout their lives. Puffins have brightly coloured beaks for the mating season. The outer layer is then shed, leaving them with smaller, dull beaks for the...

Many birds that feed on plants swallow stones…

Many birds that feed on plants swallow stones and grit to help their bodies grind down the plant material. Birds in captivity may swallow other things if they cannot find stones. An ostrich in London Zoo was found on its death to have swallowed...

The smallest bird in the world is the bee…

The smallest bird in the world is the bee hummingbird of Cuba. It is 5.7 cm (2.25 in) long, of which nearly half comprises its beak. It is smaller than many of the butterflies in the rain forest where it lives.

Male birds with the showiest plumage and…

Male birds with the showiest plumage and courtship displays do not help raise their young. They may attract and mate with many females but take no part in nest building, hatching eggs or rearing the chicks. The females have dull plumage, often mottled brown,...

Baby birds have an “egg tooth” to help…

Baby birds have an "egg tooth" to help them break out of the shell. This is a tiny knob at the tip of the beak. Most chicks take about 30 minutes to an hour to hatch out, but chicks of large albatrosses may need...

The sperm whale has the heaviest mammal brain…

The sperm whale has the heaviest mammal brain. Its brain weights up to 9 kg (20 lb), six times heavier than a human brain. The whale has a very large head, about a third of its body length, so there is plenty of room...

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