How Birds Take Drinks interesting?? Every time I click a bathing bird or a drinking bird this is the first thought that came into my mind!!
But do you know Birds drink in several ways.
The most familiar drinking behaviour is for the bird to dip its bill into the water, collecting some water in the cup of the bill, and then throwing its head back to tip the water into its throat and use gravity to help swallow. This is the way most songbirds and familiar backyard birds drink, but there are other ways many birds may drink.
By Eating: Birds that derive most of their water needs from the blood or moist body tissues of their prey simply eat their water, consuming the fluids as they eat their prey. This is true for most raptors, including many piscivorous birds that may also intake some water as they catch their prey.
By Skimming: Many aerial birds drink while in flight, skimming low along the surface of the water and scooping water into their bills as they fly. The speed of their flight helps force the water down their throats, or they will then fly up and tip their heads to swallow. Swifts, swallows and martins all use skimming to drink.
By Sucking: Some birds are able to drink with their heads down, sucking water up through their bills and into their throats without using gravity for swallowing assistance. All pigeons and doves are able to drink by sucking.
By Licking: Birds with very active tongues are able to lick water and use the capillary action of their tongues to drink effectively. This is especially true for birds that eat large amounts of nectar, such as hummingbirds. Woodpeckers can also lick some water, but are less effective at drinking that way.
By Collecting: Pelicans have a unique way of drinking – they will simply open their broad bills and expose their large gular sacs to rain, collecting water to drink. When they want to swallow, they tip their heads back to pour the water down their throats.
YES birds do possessed Personality. Just like human beings they too can be in different moods .Personalities are complex and include emotions, behaviour, intelligence, reactions and more, all of which can be influenced by different environmental factors and changing circumstances.
Many researchers believe that genetics can play a part of individual personalities as well, but despite all the research on human psychology, there are still many mysteries about personalities. Animal and bird personalities are even less well understood, but birders who have taken time to carefully watch their favourite birds know that birds do indeed have distinct personalities, even to the point of being individually recognizable by their personality traits.
Learning more about those personalities will help birders develop a better understanding of the birds they enjoy.
Different types of birds have different types of personalities. Some of the more familiar personalities and the birds that have them include…
- Shy Birds
Some birds are naturally wary and skittish, staying well hidden and spooking quickly at any sign of trouble or disturbance. These birds are often more heavily camouflaged for protection, and they may be weak fliers with few defences against predators. Shy birds often include many rails, crakes, grouse, quail and other terrestrial game birds.
- Practical Jokesters
Some birds seem to stir up trouble for the fun of it, harassing other birds or even other animals without any survival purpose. They may play games, and they are often more intelligent species. They are usually omnivores or scavengers that can take advantage of many food sources, so they can spend less time foraging and more time playing their jokes. Corvids such as crows and jays are popular jokesters.
Birds that travel in noisy, active flocks and usurp food sources or nesting sites from less aggressive birds can be considered bullies. These birds may be larger and stronger, with loud voices, and they are quite brave and bold. Many gulls, grackles and blackbirds can be considered bullies, and invasive birds that take over from native species – such as house sparrows, mute swans and European starlings – are often bullies as well.
- Family Birds
Some birds are naturally better parents than others, with nurturing, family-friendly personalities. These birds often have extended nesting periods and care for their offspring long after they leave the nest, and they may use elaborate techniques to protect their nest or chicks from predators. Many shorebirds and waterfowl are great family birds, as are different warblers and thrushes that vigorously defend their nests.
- Obsessive-Compulsive Birds
not only do birds have personalities, but they can also seem to have personality disorders, such as obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). These birds are fidgety and seem easily distractible, or may work meticulously at a project to be sure it is just right. Many birds that carefully cache food – such as chickadees and jays – could seem to have OCD, and acorn woodpeckers, with their elaborate granary trees, are another prime example.
- Mellow Birds
Some birds are wonderfully mellow, always seeming to be relaxed and unflappable, adapting well to changing circumstances without getting agitated or upset. These birds may endure harassment easily, or will readily take advantage of different opportunities that present themselves. Rock pigeons can be very mellow, as can many owls.
- Suave Birds
Some birds are natural playboys; doing anything they can to romance the ladies. These birds have elaborate courtship displays and may exhibit dramatic breeding plumage that includes bright colours and lengthy plumes. Many birds of paradise have suave personalities, as do different grebes and manikins.
- Drama Queens
many birds take acting to a new level with elaborate distraction displays that could win them prizes for their melodramas. These birds may use different techniques to fool predators, or could use mimicry to act as different birds or even other animals or artificial sounds. Many lyrebirds are expert dramatists, as are shorebirds such as the killdeer.
not all bird personalities are pleasant, and some birds are natural thieves. These are sneaky birds that will swipe food; nesting material or even mates from one another, using any tactics they can to accomplish their crimes. Frigate birds are known for their pirate-like thievery, and Adeline penguins are clever criminals as well.
some birds add beauty to the world in many ways, not only with attractive plumage or harmonious songs, but with the art they create. Their creative personalities are stretched to great lengths when creating elaborate nests, even decorating the nests with different colours, patterns or materials. Bowerbirds and weavers are exceptional artists, and many other birds artistically craft beautiful nests as well.