Birds

Why do parrots mimic sounds?

Parrots develop regional accents, and scientists think that they evolved the ability to mimic sounds to get familiar with others by imitating their dialect

Ocean animals

Which animal has the most offspring?

The vertebrate record for most offspring has been set by the oceanic sunfish, which can produce a staggering 300 million eggs at a time

Ocean animals

How do you weigh a whale?

A blue whale weighs 190,000 kilograms (420,000 pounds), but how do we know that?

Q and A

Do animals in hot countries hibernate?

  Hibernation is a winter activity for animals that live in cool countries to escape the weather, but in hot countries animals do the opposite It’s called aestivation, and animals do it to avoid the hottest times of year   … Continued

Q and A

How did snakes lose their legs?

Snakes are thought to have evolved from four-legged reptiles, and the oldest snake fossils are dated at 150 million years old

Q and A

Are all animal bones the same?

Animals of different classes have extremely different bones, varying in size, structure and even material

Q and A

Do animals see in colour?

Cone cells in the eyes are responsible for recognising colour, and different animals have between one and 16 types of cones. The more types of cones an animal has, the more colours it can see

Insects & more

How do ants walk on water?

Water is a unique compound with particles that stick together in long chains, making it easy for light animals to balance on the surface.   The two different elements that make up water are hydrogen and oxygen, and the way … Continued

Insects & more

Are all spider webs the same?

There are in fact different kinds of spider web, which vary depending on the species. Once you learn to recognise the different patters of web, you will be able to tell which type of spider made it. Orb webs are … Continued

Q and A

Can chickens be hypnotised?

There is an abundance of videos and websites online claiming that it is possible to hypnotise a chicken. They claim that by holding the chicken’s head down to the ground and drawing a straight line from the beak extending outwards … Continued

Birds

6 Birds that can’t fly

Birds fly to migrate, search for food, or to escape predators but some species have found other ways to overcome these needs rendering the need to fly useless

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