20 Facts About Red Robin’s You’ll Flock To!


  • Red Robin Facts



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  • If a robin is fed during the winter, it will carry on returning to the area for the whole winter.
  • Around 3 quarters of all robins in Britain, either through being unable to fend or becoming prey, die before their first birthday.
  • Robin’s singing is often mistaken for that of a nightingales. This is supposedly due to street lights confusing the birds and making them believe it’s still daylight.
  • Robins actually have quite the sweet tooth, being known to steal fruit cake and uncooked sweetened pastries.
  • The Latin name for the robin is Erithacus rubecula.
  • The robin’s famous red breast is actually an orange coloring. This is due to the birds being named before English had developed the word orange.
  • It’s believed that robins are able to view the earth’s magnetic field via a special visual system known as magnetoreception.
  • A strange feature for the bird world is that the female and male species of robins are virtually identical. Some claim there is a slight difference in breast shape.
  • The robin that lands on Mary Poppins’ finger isn’t actually a European Red Robin, but actually an American variant.
  • Baby robins hatch after about 2 weeks, and in 3 they become independent.
  • So there we have it, 20 facts to amaze and delight anyone during those dull moments this Christmas.

    From the origin of the Christmassy-link of robins to their orange color, the humble robin is quite the creature with a lot more than simply chirping up its sleeve.

    I for one love the little, albeit noisy birds, and can’t wait to look out at Christmas to see one even with the tiny chance of a White Christmas.

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    Dan Lewis is a Welsh speaker. He’s been in the tech sector for about 5 years and is qualified in most areas including networking, hardware, software & support. Enjoys writing about anything techy, nerdy or factually interesting.



    Top 30 Interesting Facts About Toucans


    • Top 30 Interesting Facts About Toucans



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  • Even with the destruction of their habitat, the biggest threat these birds face is the pet trade, the colorful nature make them very appealing but it threatens their numbers.
  • The bird actually has a serrated edge to their beak designed to act as a way of handling food, very much like a knife.
  • The inside of a beak is made of bone whereas the outer beak itself is actually made of Keratin.
  • A combination of colors is possible for the color of a toucan’s beak, not the conventional orange we all know. They can be brown, red, green, yellow or even black.
  • Unlike almost every other bird, these actually become noisier as the day progresses with the late afternoon being their preferred period for calling.
  • When Europeans first arrived in the Americas, it is said that the toucan was actually one of the first birds they would have seen.
  • Belize has the rainbow-billed toucan as its national bird.
  • One close relative to the toucan is actually the woodpecker not the hornbill as they’re often mistakenly linked to.
  • A baby toucan is actually called a chick.
  • In 2015 a social media storm was caused when a toucan was viciously attacked by Costa Rican teens. The bird had its beak badly damaged and caused Costa Rican animal law to be put under scrutiny.
  • Humans, snakes and jaguars are supposedly the biggest predators to the toucan.
  • The toucan doesn’t actually use its wings to fly very far. Due to their tiny size, the wings act more as a glider to take them short distances, preferring to hop tree to tree rather than fly.
  • Guinness, the black stout, has the toucan as one of their logos after an advertising hunt in 1935 for a logo was ended when S.H. Benson visited the zoo and created the famous toucan.
  • There is a constellation named after the wonderful bird, the Tucana has most of the small magellanic cloud inside it.
  • Dora the Explorer would often get advice from her Spanish friend Senior Toucan.
  • So there we have, if a body regulating and air cooled beak isn’t impressive enough, the fact it has its own constellation surely is. Whatever you think about the humble toucan, even with its disproportionate physique you can’t deny that isn’t a very magnificent bird.



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    Dan Lewis is a Welsh speaker. He’s been in the tech sector for about 5 years and is qualified in most areas including networking, hardware, software & support. Enjoys writing about anything techy, nerdy or factually interesting.


    5 Animals That Get Drunk in the Wild

    Drinking is one of mankind’s oldest pastimes, steeped in rich history spanning back long before the supposed birth of Christ. Did you know that “The Star Spangled Banner” (America’s National Anthem) was actually written to the tune of an old drinking song for example? Or that the world’s oldest known recipe is one for beer?

    That’s right; alcohol has a long, long history and a great significance in mankind’s modern society – but what about in the animal kingdom? Are there animals out there that like to indulge in a little tipple themselves? Well you can rest assured, people aren’t the only living creatures to feel the wrath of a hangover! From birds going to rehab and bees getting DUIs, to monkeys stealing cocktails and scrapping with each other, here is a list of 5 animals that get drunk in the wild and how they do it.

     

    Pen-Tailed Tree Shrews & their bedtime beer nightcap.

    Pen-Tailed Tree Shrews

    In the rainforests of Malaysia lives the Pen-Tailed Tree Shrew, a small rodent no bigger than your average rat, which has a nightly thirst for fermented palm nectar. Their poison of choice has an alcoholic content very similar to that of beer, and for about two hours every night these shrews will booze it up without fail!

    Now this may sound like a drinking problem to us, but to these shrews it’s a way of life, and one they’ve lived for millennia. In fact, this has been their way of life for so long that despite the huge amounts of daily drink they consume they don’t even get drunk! Scientists believe that this mass nightly alcohol consumption is highly beneficial for the shrews, stating that they have a more adept metabolism when it comes to consuming alcohol, helping them avoid cardiovascular risk, and helping them consume more calories through the munchies!

     

    American Bats that handle alcohol better than their Egyptian cousins.

    Drunk American Bats

    Tropical bats from both Central and South America have been observed to regularly eat fermented fruits and nectar; however they are found to rarely feel the effects of the alcohol they consume. Bats navigate during flight through the use of echolocation, which is like an inbuilt sonar system they have. It was found that when they had a blood alcohol content of 0.3% (bear in mind all states in America require a driver to have a blood alcohol content of less than 0.08%) they were still able to navigate a tricky obstacle course and maze using their echolocation. It was also discovered that the bats did not slur their words, so to speak, when using their echolocation.

    However, the same study found that the same type of bats in Egypt crashed whilst navigating the same obstacle course a lot more. Whilst the true reason for this is hard to pin down, the scientists believe that the Egyptian bats have a lower tolerance to alcohol as they have less fermented fruit to eat, also saying that the American bats’ tolerance gives them a distinct evolutionary edge, allowing them to eat food untouched by other animals and remain relatively sober.

     

    Bohemian Waxwing Birds who have to go to rehab.

    Bohemian Waxwing Birds Drunk

    Bohemian Waxwing Birds are known to enjoy feasting upon the berries that grow on Rowan Trees, especially as the weather becomes cooler and the berries start to ferment. Now only some of the birds eat the berries until they’re well and truly trashed, with most of the birds just getting a little buzzed. But for those who don’t know when to stop, flying places becomes problematic – and dangerous – with a couple of drunken fatal crashes into buildings being recorded whilst under the influence. In 2014 several of these birds became so intoxicated that they were taken to an animal healthcare and treatment facility in the Yukon, Canada, in order to sober up. For those that weren’t able to recover there was another option – rehab, in the Yukon Wildlife Preserve!

     

    Bees who gets DUIs.

    Bees Get Drunk

    Getting a DUI (Driving Under the Influence) is probably the most damning driving infraction a person can get. Now imagine getting one of those for flying drunk. Bees are known to get drunk from fermented nectar, and when drunk are very dangerous flyers, often causing accidents. Some bees even get so wasted that they can’t even find their way back to the hive! But those that do make it back to the hive have it far worse. A study on drunk bees showed that when a bee returns to the hive drunk, the other bees will often block it from entering the hive until it has sobered up, sometimes attacking them in order to help them straighten themselves out! And when they’ve eventually landed they’re often grounded until they’re safe to fly again!

     

    The drunk Monkeys of St. Kitts.

    St. Kitts Drunk Monkeys

    On the Caribbean island of St. Kitts there lives a population of wild Green Vervet Monkeys that are notorious alcoholics! Way back when, the monkeys were notorious for stealing and eating the fermented sugar canes used to make rum, but as the rum industry has evolved so has the monkeys’ booze stealing methods. Now a very popular tourist destination, St. Kitts’s beaches are often full of tourists kicking back and enjoying a cocktail. However, not all those cocktails are consumed by tourists – oh no! The Green Vervet’s are notorious for stealing the cocktails of unassuming beach goers.

    A study conducted on these monkeys found that, much like us humans, the monkeys tend to split into four different categories of drinker: social drinker, steady drinker, binge drinker, and teetotaler. Most of the monkeys are social drinkers who tend to only have a moderate tipple with other monkeys, although never before lunch. 12% are steady drinkers who enjoy more than their social drinking friends, 5% are excessive boozy binge drinkers, and only a small fraction are teetotal. Those 5% that are classed as binge drinkers are notorious for stumbling about, vomiting, starting fights and binge eating until they pass out whilst under the influence! The same study also found that juvenile monkeys drink more than adults and all of the monkeys much prefer a fruity cocktail.


    Cassowary Facts – The World’s Most Dangerous Bird

    Most cassowaries will not attack unless they are provoked and feel threatened. They have been known to attack when expecting to be given food. Most of the time however, it is simply when humans attempt to get too close and the bird feels threatened and therefore feels it needs to use self-defence. Many humans who work with cassowaries or protecting them believe the birds to be very peaceful animals who just want their own space and to be respected.

    Cassowaries have also been known to attack dogs unprovoked. They also have been known to break doors and windows by pecking with their beak.

    Christopher Kofron completed a study in 1999 on 221 cases of cassowary attacks. 7 of those attacks were territorial attacks with humans, 32 were defensive with the cassowary protecting eggs or chicks. A huge 109 attacks were because humans had given the cassowaries food and then when this was stopped the cassowary became agitated.

    The cassowary can be found in New Guinea and north-eastern parts of Australia. The cassowary plays a huge part in the rainforests in north Australia. It helps to spread seeds for the plants. They are fruit-eating birds; therefore, some seeds pass through them undigested and they can help to germinate the rainforests. These seeds are sometimes moved up to half a mile. This is a great advantage to the plants and trees in the area. Some of these trees have large fruits that other animals cannot carry so to some of the trees the cassowary is its lifeline. The bird does supplement its diet with small animals, insects and frogs.

    Cassowaries live long lives. They generally live twelve to nineteen years in the wild and up to fifty in captivity. The females are larger and generally stronger than the males. However, the females are not the one to look and rear the young. Much like a penguin, the male incubates the egg for up to fifty days. They then look after the chick for up to nine months after it is born.

    The cassowary in Australia is listed as endangered. It is estimated that there are up to 2,000 left. The cassowary originally had no natural predators in the area. However, as humans have settled nearby dogs and cats often kill their young, nearby roads with passing cars have run over quite a few of these birds. The cassowary’s numbers of dwindling and due to the fact cassowaries are solitary birds it is hard for people to be able to estimate to a correct degree the number of cassowaries left in the wild, and therefore how endangered they are. The rainforests are also being cut down due timber, banana and other plantations. This does not help the bird as it is losing its habitat.

    You may be wondering how the cassowary bird got given its unusual name. there are currently two explanations for this. One explanation is that it is based on the French word ‘casque’ which means helmet. The second explanation is that it comes from the Papuan language, ‘kasu’ meaning horned and ‘weri’ meaning head. Since the birds come from Papua New Guinea it seems more likely for the second explanation to be true.

    There are lots of discussions as to whether the cassowary is related to the dinosaur. It has a very similar body shape, such as the casque on its head, it has scaly legs and is brightly coloured. It is probable that the cassowary was related to the dinosaurs however scientists are sceptical to say any modern animal is a dinosaur.

    The cassowary is a very under-rated bird. It is a beautiful peace loving bird whose home and life is being taken away from them by human activity. Is it really the world’s most dangerous bird?