By Torrance Grey on March 10, 2018
If the original Jurassic Park movie taught us anything, it's that birds, as the descendants of dinosaurs, are pretty darn awesome. But birds are also marvelous in their own right. These feathered friends of ours aren't just beautiful to look at, they are vital to all sorts of food chains and ecosystems. They contain thousands upon thousands of species, each with its own habits and quirks. They make all sorts of sounds, from the beautiful song of the nightingale to the whimsical "brrrrrr" sound of the corncrake, to the speech capabilities of the parrot. Some birds dance to attract a mate while others fight it out. Some live on the ground and others in trees. Some of them migrate seasonally to get the best out of two different homelands, while others can spend more than a year in the air without ever touching the ground! Some birds eat insects, while others catch fish from the sea or running water.
You probably don't pay much attention to birds during your daily life, but you'd certainly miss the sight and sound of them if they ever were to disappear, so it's important to keep an eye on them and make sure we know what they're all about. Let's see how well you know our flying friends!