Birds

Many birds kept as pets, including doves, parakeets, and lovebirds, enjoy living in pairs for companionship. The smallest bird egg belongs to the hummingbird and is the size of a pea. The largest bird egg, from which the ostrich hatches, is the size of a cantaloupe.

Song birds bring  a smile to our faces and joy into our lives whatever the season. On a winter day we will be brightened up with melodies of jays, waxwings, nuthatches, and various sparrows along with other species.

In spring and summer, we enjoy the songs and vocals of  bluebirds, canaries, Wrens, Rufous Humming birds, Swainson’s Thrush, European Starling, Northern Flicker, Olive-sided Flycatcher, Yellow Warbler, Common Yellow Throat, Northern Shrike, Swallows, Black-capped Chickadee, Western Tanger, Downy Woodpecker, Cedar & Bohemian Waxwing, American Crow, Common Raven, are just a few song birds of British Columbia. Some migrate while others stay for the winter.

Birds, also known as avian dinosaurs, are a group of endothermic vertebrates, characterised by feathers, toothless beaked jaws, the laying of hard-shelled eggs, a high metabolic rate, a four-chambered heart, and a lightweight but strong skeleton.

Birds have feathers, wings, lay eggs and are warm blooded. The Ostrich is the largest bird in the world. Scientists believe that birds evolved from theropod dinosaurs. Birds have hollow bones which help them fly.

There are over 10,000 living species of bird on Earth and they live on all continents – including the Arctic and Antarctica. Birds are social creatures which is why they travel in a flock.