The albatross has one of the longest lifespans among birds, with the ability to live up to 60 years. There have been other rare birds that have broken this record in captivity, such as a sulphur-crested cockatoo that lived for 80 years in a zoo.
Other long-living breeds of bird include the Arctic tern, with a lifespan of 34 years, and the great frigatebird, with a lifespan of 30 years. The problem with determining the maximum lifespan of a bird is the high rate of early death. Birds are fragile and are typically prey for other animals, meaning that some species have a 70 percent chance of being killed on a yearly basis.Learn More
Birds do have ears, but what they lack is an auricle, the external portion of the ear that collects and focuses sound into the ear canal. The ear-like feathers atop an owl's head are not located near the actual ear openings and are for display, not collecting sound.Full Answer >
Birds are neither mammals (they don't have mammary glands) nor reptiles (they are not cold blooded), but instead belong in a grouping all their own. The bird group is one of six basic animal groups, with the others being amphibians, fish, invertebrates, mammals and reptiles.Full Answer >
Depending on the species, a bird may be a carnivore, an omnivore or an herbivore. Larger birds with sharp talons are more likely to be carnivores, while small birds with beaks built for cracking nuts are more likely to be herbivores.Full Answer >
While birds have many predators, the most common predators of birds are other birds. Other consumers of birds include mammals like large cats, snakes, insects and plants.Full Answer >