Our planet is inhabited not only by people,microbes, animals, but also birds. It is them, we see in the heavens and ask ourselves: Why do not I fly like a bird? This article is not intended to give you an answer to this question, it will only allow you to get acquainted with some species of birds and tell a couple of interesting facts.

Giant Bird

What is the largest bird? - you ask. This is a well-known ostrich, and African. Surprisingly, this bird does not fly and is the largest only in weight. The height can reach up to 2.7 meters, and the weight is much larger than the human. Long-legged ostrich is limited to 175kg. Not only weight and height indicate that the ostrich is the largest bird on earth, but also the diameter of the eyes. One eye reaches 5 cm. Despite the underdevelopment of the wings, the ostrich is an excellent runner and its speed can reach 60-70 km / h.

Predator in the sky

The largest bird of prey is the Andean condor. He flies on the Pacific coast. The length of this predator is from 115 to 135cm. If you take it in your arms, easy, it will not seem to you, since it weighs from 10 to 15 kg. Condor eats carcasses of dead animals. These are deer, cows, and guanaco. On the coast, the predator will not disdain marine mammals thrown ashore. This beautiful bird is included in the red book. And every year it is completely extinct.

Wingspan

The largest flying bird is the well-knownalbatross. Why are such birds considered large? It's all about the wings. Their range can reach more than 3,7 m. That allows them to overcome huge distances. Albatrosses live everywhere: from Antarctica to the Hawaiian Islands. They feed mainly on fish and shellfish. In hungry times, they will gladly eat zooplankton or carrion.

Among a large number of birds, the first place inright belongs to the African ostrich, because it is the biggest bird on earth. Each bird is unique in its own way. However, every year they become less and less. The blame for all this is ecology, hunting, ill-treatment by people. So, let's take care of our flying friends. So that they continue to please us with a free flight of wings.

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