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National Bird Day
Animals
This day is for the birds!

When: January 5th

Where: United States

Traditional Celebration Ideas

Get out a pair of binoculars and head outside to do some bird watching.  Head over to your local zoo and see what kind of bird exhibits there are.  Go to the pet store and check out all the talking parrots and small birds people have for pets.  Watch a national geographic special on birds.
 

Numbers

The Audubon Society is an organization dedicated to the study and preservation of birds and has over 600,000 members.

Description

Birds strangely enough actually came from meat eating dinosaurs called theropods. The oldest bird fossils date back to about 150 million years and the Archaeopteryx is the earliest known bird on record.  Humans have a fascination with birds and many types of birds are found as sports mascots, brands, as well as pets.  One example of a sports team that identifies with a bird as the team's official mascot is the Philadelphia Eagles, and fans even refer to the team as birds.  One of the most prolific and majestic birds in the United States is the Bald Eagle and is considered a protected species.  The bald eagle can be found on government currency, designation for military aircraft, and a symbol of freedom.  In the middle east and countries like Mongolia, Falconry is a popular activity.  Falconry is known as the hunting of wild animals in their natural state by a trained raptor.  In the UAE Falconry represents the values that allowed the Bedouin to flourish, and are known to be associated with courage, honor and nobility.  In the U.S. a couple birds are favorited as popular types of food sources, such as the turkey and chicken.  Bird watching is also a popular hobby and you can find people with binoculars in the mountains and by lakes watching their favorite birds every move. 

Interesting Facts

  1. Ostriches have the largest eyes of any land animal.
  2. Owls devour their prey whole.
  3. A Flamingo can only eat when its head is upside down.
  4. The smallest bird is the Hummingbird and weighs a mere 1.9 grams.
  5. Air Penguin. Penguins can jump over 6ft in the air.

Information

Observed:
  • January 5th
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