Frequently Asked Questions
HERE ARE SOME FACTS ABOUT LOCAL BIRDS
What is the Connecticut state bird?
The Connecticut state bird is the American Robin. It is a songbird and has a reddish orange breast and a white ring around its eye. They migrate south around the end of fall, early winter. You’ll start to see the robin again toward toward the end of winter.
What makes a bird a bird?
There are several characteristics that make a bird a bird. First, FEATHERS! Birds are the only living creature with feathers. Feathers are made from keratin, like your finger and toe nails! Feathers provide warmth, balance, flight, flotation, attraction, camouflage, and protection. Second, they have WINGS! You can get clues from a bird’s wings about where it might live and what kind of flying it might need to do. Third, birds have BEAKS (bill). A bird’s beak determines what and how it eats. For example, a mallard’s bill works like a strainer and a cardinal’s beak works like a nutcracker. The fourth characteristic is that birds are WARM BLOODED. This means a bird turns what it eats into energy to keep their body warm. Lastly, birds lay EGGS. The eggs have hard shells and their shape, size, and markings depends on the bird species.
Why should I care about birds?
Aside from being really pretty and cool, birds play an important role in our local and global ecosystems. Birds help spread seeds to help more plants to grow. They also eat bugs, snakes, rodents and more to help keep populations of these animals in balance. Some birds even help pollinate plants.
What can I do to help?
There are a lot of things we can do to help the local birds in our neighborhood. One quick and easy thing we can do is to not feed birds bread, but some seeds are okay. Also, we should not litter because birds might mistake our junk for food or get caught in the wrappers and the birds might get harmed. Another way is to make sure that you keep a good distance from the birds. Even though they're pretty, they might get scared if we're too close. This is especially true for the Piping Plover. We might not see them and mistakenly step on them or their eggs. We don't want to harm any birds. Something else you can do to help is plant native flowers that birds like to feed on or nest in.
Who is the fastest bird?
The fastest bird in the world, is the Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus), also known as the Peregrine! The Peregrine is renowned for its speed, reaching over 322 km/h (200 mph) during its characteristic hunting stoop. The species was eradicated from eastern North America by pesticide poisoning during the mid-20th century, however, due to significant recovery efforts, the Peregrine Falcon have made an incredible rebound. The Peregrine Falcon is now one of the most widespread birds and can be seen in many large cities and coastal areas.
Who is the most colorful bird?
The Painted Bunting is a vivid fusion of blue, green, yellow, and red. Male Painted Bunting have the most spectacular colored combination. Females and immatures have a distinctive bright green with a pale eye ring. They breed in the coastal Southeast and the south-central United States. They are commonly caught and sold illegally as cage birds putting pressure on their breeding populations.