Birds are really weird. They drink too much, jump too high, and eat whole pigeons live. Here are 10 really awesome facts about birds that will make you want to become a bird nerd.
Young birds can get drunk on fermented berries.
Humans aren't the only animals in the world to get drunk. Birds are known to become heavily intoxicated on fermented berries in summer months. These berries can have the same alcohol content of a strong cider.
As with human teenagers, young birds are more likely to binge and can end up getting berry drunk. Flying under the influence is difficult and flocks of drunk birds have been known to fly into things and fall out of trees.
The heaviest flying bird weighs as much as a six year old human child.
It's called a Great Bustard and males are thought to be the heaviest flying animal with the heaviest one weighing in at 21kg.
This feisty Bustard is from Salisbury Plains in England where David Waters raises and releases Bustards into the wild.
Penguins can jump up to six feet in the air.
This little guy is still learning...
Falcons can swoop at over 200 miles per hour.
They've been used for over 4,000 years to hunt in eastern and central Asia. Birds were used because they could kill animals beyond the range of a hunter’s weapon. Genghis Khan's grandson reportedly had 10,000 falconers!