Baby chickens are called chicks, biddies, cockerels, pullets and broilers. Chick and biddy are interchangeable terms for any baby chicken, while cockerel and pullet refer to specific genders. Broilers bred for meat are harvested between nine and 12 weeks of age.
The most common parakeet, the Australian budgerigar, is native to Australia. It is found throughout the continent except in the coastal areas of the extreme east and southwest. Other parakeet species are native to Australia and South America.
Cockatoos eat a mixture of fresh fruit, vegetables and seeds. Diets can include corn and insects, depending on necessity and environmental availability. Seed-only diets are not healthy for cockatoos.
The natural lifespan of a seagull is 20 years or more. However, since seagulls live in the wild, they can be eaten by predators such as weasels, foxes, cats or sharks.
Once they land on grass, a robin locates earthworms by cocking its head to the side to see. With eyes on the sides of its head, a robin has monocular vision and can see independently with each eye.
Guinea fowl eat snails, seeds, leaves, shoots, bulbs, tubers and fruits that have fallen to the ground. They're adept at catching and eating insects, spiders, ticks and worms.
Macaws typically live in Central and South America in the rainforest. The largest of all parrots, macaws are listed as endangered because their numbers have been steadily declining due to the destruction of the rainforests.
Young pigeons are called squeakers or squabs. The latter term is the more common one. The young are referred to as squabs until they have fledged, which usually takes about 30 days from hatching.
There are several differences between a crow and a blackbird. The two types of birds live in different ranges, are different sizes, have different beaks, tails and plumage and have different behaviors and vocalizations.
A group of pelicans is called a pod. When pelicans are in groups for breeding, they are in colonies and generally come together on islands.
Common ravens (Corvus corax) eat small animals, insects, carrion and some vegetation. Ravens are known to be scavengers, often feeding off the prey of other animals or animals killed by vehicles; in other words, they clean up what is left behind by other animals.
According to Audubon Magazine, birds flock as a way of avoiding predators, and it allows them to take advantage of the currents in the air in the most efficient manner. Birds also flock as a migration pattern and they may form flocks when foraging for food.
Peacocks and peahens, as the less colorful females of the species are called, can live in the wild for up to 20 years. Domesticated peafowl have been known to live as long as 40 to 50 years. Peafowl are omnivores and are hunted by large cats, eagles and mongooses.
Baby swans are known as "cygnets," a word derived from the Latin word for swan, "cygnus." Cygnets are easily distinguished from adults, as they are much smaller and are usually covered in a gray downy coat.
Bird sanctuaries are nature facilities that advocate the conservation of various species of birds and their natural habitats while promoting rehabilitation and survival. Most sanctuaries exclusively help birds, but some include other animal species. The birds helped are unwanted pets, endangered species or local wildlife.
Turkeys are an American species. They were first domesticated by Native Americans before the arrival of Columbus, and were one of the animals he encountered being farmed as he explored the West Indies.
Flamingos eat algae, diatoms and small crustaceans found in lagoons or large, shallow lakes. The flamingo can be found in South America, Africa, the Middle East and the Caribbean, depending on the species.
In the wild, ostriches have demonstrated top running speeds of more than 40 mph, according to the National Wildlife Federation. The ostrich is the largest bird in the world and relies on its speed in order to outrun predators.
Quail, are divided into Old World and New World groups, with species living across North and South America, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia. Quail prefer open habitat with bushy undergrowth to provide them with cover from predators.
A male bird can be called a rooster, cock, peacock, gander, tom cob, tercel, tiercel, drake or simply male. Most male birds are called cocks, while most female birds are called hens.
Racing pigeon lofts are specially designed houses that accommodate the distinctive needs of racing pigeons. Lofts are usually self-contained structures that are built to ensure that the birds receive optimal rest and protection from the elements.