5 Physical Attributes All Birds Share

There are millions of different birds all around the world. From pigeons and parrots, to penguins, peacocks and ostriches. And there are millions of people who love birds, all over the world. And there are certain things that all birds share and that make them so likable. So, we are going to discuss 5 physical attributes that all birds share.

Attribute Number 1

Wings

Starting off with an obvious ones. While not all birds fly (penguins, ostriches, for example) – all birds have wings. Birds have relatively strong chest muscles that they use to move their wings.

Different birds also have different sized and shaped wings that have different advantages and disadvantages. Narrow and sharp wings, like those of falcons’, eagles’ or hawks’, allow them to fly, manoeuvre and attack their prey incredibly rapidly. Long wide wings, like those of albatrosses’ allow them to fly and soar for long periods of time.

Attribute Number 2

Skeleton

All birds have a skeleton, obviously. And most of them have small hollow bones. That’s because most birds need to fly, so heavy bones could be very detrimental when it comes to that. That’s why they have thin hollow bones – it makes them lighter. Their bones tend to be very fused and rigid in comparison to mammals, like us. All of this helps birds to fly.

There are some unconventional bird species like penguins and ostriches. Penguins have larger bones that are filled with marrow. This helps them to survive cold climates and swim. Ostriches, on the other hand, have large and heavy leg bones that help them run fast and kick hard. But then again, ostriches and penguins don’t fly, that’s why they have larger and heavier bones than most other birds.

Attribute Number 3

Feathers

Feathers are found on every single bird species and no others. Feathers – are exclusively bird parts. They are made out of keratin – the same material that nails and hair are made out of for many other species. Including us. Feathers are essentially modified scales. They help birds to fly and maintain healthy body temperatures while dealing with their environments.

There’s also different types of feathers. Soft fully feathers help birds to stay warm. Contour feathers help birds to maintain proper poster while flying.Normally, birds shed their feathers and grow new ones once or twice a year.

Attribute Number 4

Beaks

All birds have beaks. Or bills, depending on the species. beaks are made out of bone on the inside and keratin on the outside. You see, birds don’t have teeth. However, many species do have sharp ridges on the edges of their beaks. They’re called tomia. Because of this, birds don’t chew their food like we do, they simply grind it up into small enough pieces to chew.

The shapes of their beaks determine eating habits or diets of birds. Sharp hooked beaks, like those of eagles or hawks, help those birds to tear into flesh and kill their prey. Cone shaped beaks help birds like parrots to crack the shells of seeds. Ducks and geese, on the other hand, have broad and flat beaks that help them to catch their food out of the water.

Attribute Number 5

Eggs

And last but not the least, all birds lay eggs. There are other types of species that do this as well, like reptiles, fish, amphibians and insects also lay eggs. Birds’ eggs’ shells are made mostly out of calcium and hardened mucus. Inside of the egg, the yolk is the embryo – “soon to be bird”. It receives the nutrition it needs from the albumin – the egg white. Birds use their nests mostly to incubate their eggs and take care of their offspring. In most cases – birds tend to be loving and devoted parents – both female and male birds take care of their offspring.

Conclusion

Birds are quite fascinating. While they are mostly known for their ability to fly, there’s so much more to them that is worthy of discussion. Hopefully you’ve learned something new about our feathered, winged, egg-laying friends and you’ll never look at birds the same way again. And that concludes this 5 physical attributes that all birds share article.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *