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While the American Kennel Club only recognizes a few types of spaniels, there are eighteen different types available throughout the world. The most common type of spaniel in the U.S. is the American Cocker Spaniel, which highly ranks in terms of popularity among American dog breeds.

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    • Where do mockingbirds live?

      Q:Where do mockingbirds live?

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      Mockingbirds live in North America from Canada to Mexico, with concentrations in the southern parts of the United States, including Texas and Florida. Mockingbirds are proficient singers with 39 different songs and over 50 different calls, according to BioKIDS, a University of Michigan website.

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    • How can you teach bird identification?

      Q:How can you teach bird identification?

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      Some basic techniques to teach identification include studying the different groupings of birds, observing birds, exploring bird identification resources and learning about specific birds to build overall bird knowledge. Birds are all categorized into groups with other birds sharing similar characteristics. Starting by studying basic bird groupings is a valuable step in bird identification. Ornithology is the official name of the study of birds.

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    • Why do birds build nests?

      Q:Why do birds build nests?

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      Many species of birds build nests for the primary function of laying eggs and raising young birds. Each species has its own nesting habits, but many build nests high above the ground to isolate eggs and fledglings from ground-level predators.

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    • Can all birds fly?

      Q:Can all birds fly?

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      Despite having wings, not all birds can fly. There are several types of flightless birds, including the penguin, kiwi, moa, weka and kakapo. Kiwis for Kiwi, an independent charity that protects the kiwi populations in New Zealand, states that there are more species of flightless birds in New Zealand than in any other country.

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    • How long does it take for a turkey vulture egg to hatch?

      Q:How long does it take for a turkey vulture egg to hatch?

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      Turkey vulture eggs are laid in the spring and take between 30 and 40 days to hatch. The turkey vulture egg is a chalky white egg with brown speckles. It is laid in a tree, a cliff or a rocky area with little or no nest.

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    • What is a group of doves called?

      Q:What is a group of doves called?

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      According to the United States Geological Survey, a group of doves is known as a dule, and a group of turtle doves is also known as a pitying. These collective nouns specifically describe groups of doves or turtle doves, though other words are suitable for describing three or more doves, including the words "group" or "flock."

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    • Is a slug an insect?

      Q:Is a slug an insect?

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      Slugs are considered gastropods, not insects. Although both gastropods and insects are invertebrates, or animals lacking backbones, the two groups are not closely related. Slugs have more in common with clams and oysters than with insects, as both slugs and clams are mollusks.

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    • How many teeth do mosquitoes have?

      Q:How many teeth do mosquitoes have?

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      Mosquitoes have four teeth that are sharp and serrated. They are arranged around two tubes. One releases a pain suppressor into the insect's victim, as well as an anticoagulant to keep the blood from clotting. The other tube draws out the blood. Only female mosquitoes feed on blood.

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    • What do pill bugs eat?

      Q:What do pill bugs eat?

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      The Armadillidiidae vulgare, known commonly as a potato bug or pill bug, has a diverse diet that includes decaying matter, vegetables, cardboard and even their own fecal waste. Eating their own fecal matter provides them with a consistent recycling of the mineral copper, which they need to survive.

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    • What kinds of ladybugs are poisonous?

      Q:What kinds of ladybugs are poisonous?

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      There are more than 5,000 species of ladybugs and they are only poisonous to smaller animals such as birds and lizards. Ladybugs are not considered poisonous to humans. However, people that accidentally consume a ladybug find them foul-tasting.

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    • Are centipedes poisonous?

      Q:Are centipedes poisonous?

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      According to the Center for Disease Control, the common household centipede has a poisonous venom that is not considered toxic to most humans, though the bite is often painful. Smaller children and persons with bee sting allergies face potential anaphylactic shock if bitten by larger centipedes.

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    • How many bugs do you eat while sleeping?

      Q:How many bugs do you eat while sleeping?

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      As of 2014, there have been no conclusive studies conducted that determine how many insects are swallowed by humans. The actual probability of a person swallowing an insect while asleep is low, as most insects view humans as predators and do their best to avoid them.

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