Interesting Facts About Birds Specification
This job is to write up interesting, unusual and not so well known facts about birds of North America for our web site
These facts will go on our species page, for example
You can see the heading on the left below Voice Text. Its now empty
I would like this facts to follow a format like found on the Cornell All About Birds web site:
For example the Turkey Vulture
- The Turkey Vulture uses its sense of smell to locate carrion. The part of its brain responsible for processing smells is particularly large, compared to other birds. Its heightened ability to detect odors allows it to find dead animals below a forest canopy.
- The Turkey Vulture maintains stability and lift at low altitudes by holding its wings up in a slight dihedral (V-shape) and teetering from side to side while flying. It flies low to the ground to pick up the scent of dead animals.
- Like its stork relatives, the Turkey Vulture often defecates on its own legs, using the evaporation of the water in the feces to cool itself down.
- The Turkey Vulture usually forages alone, unlike its smaller, more social relative, the Black Vulture. Although one Turkey Vulture can dominate a single Black Vulture at a carcass, usually such a large number of Black Vultures appear that they can overwhelm a solitary Turkey Vulture and take most of the food.
As you can see these are cool and interesting ideas that are not found in normal field guides.
Since not all birds have interesting or provocative things to discuss I would like you to simply choose birds to write that you know about. This would save you time doing research. Let me know if this is of any interest.
If it is I'd like you to submit a short sample so I know you understand what I am looking for.
You can email me directly here. Please select Department: Teachers.
PS One very easy fact you can use on the birds in the United States is the State Bird.