Welcome to Birds.com

Started more than 25 years ago, this site was one of the first online communities and websites devoted exclusively to the care, protection and understanding of birds.

We designed this site to serve as an educational and community focused resource for world-wide audiences and birding enthusiasts so they could gain insights, exchange information, and share their experiences as well as knowledge and expertise about one of nature’s most prolific and fascinating creatures.

Throughout the years, our editorial team and writing corps began contributing original content and lending their expertise in support of our birding community. Together they created and maintained the many hundreds of pages of original content appearing on this website including photos, articles, discussion boards and general resources with the goal of promoting a better understanding of birds while encouraging others to join us in supporting of the protection, safely, and proper care of these amazing creatures.

Whether you are a member, occasional visitor, or new to this site, we hope that you enjoy our resources and information and visit us again soon as we continue adding fresh content and community features.

If you have any comments or suggestions to share, then we would welcome hearing from you either by completing our short survey or reaching out to us by written inquiry.

Guide to Birds


Fast Facts

We have assembled some fast facts and trivia about birds. This information was compiled from a variety of resource including Insurance Information Institute, Wikipedia, Statista, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Avibase, MSPCA-Angell, IOC World Bird List, Our World in Data.

Below is our country profile containing facts and information to familiarize you with Birds.

Below is our profile containing facts and information to familiarize you about Birds.

  • There are about 10,770 bird species and 20,005 subspecies (2020)
  • Bird Classifications; 40 Orders, 250 Families, 223 Genera
  • 1,027 species of birds are protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918
  • Indonesia has the most endemic bird species at 516; Australia is second with 358
  • Birds are warm blooded vertebrates
  • Approximately 158 species have become extinct
  • Birds consume 98% of insect pests
  • Trees and flowers are pollinated by birds
  • Largest Bird: Ostrich
  • Smallest Bird: Bee Hummingbird 1.6g (0.056 oz)
  • Heaviest Flying Bird: Great Bustard 8-20 kg (18-44 pounds)
  • Oldest Wild Bird: “Wisdom” a female Laysan Albatross b. 1951. (2020)
  • Oldest Age Reached: 120 years, Cocky Bennett (Australia)
  • 45 million people are avid and casual watch birds (U.S., 2016)
  • 7 million households own a pet bird (U.S., 2019)
  • 3 million pet birds (U.S., 2019)
  • $300,000,000- yearly economic contribution to Rio Grande Valley, Texas
  • $4,500 is the average cost of a bird watching tour in a foreign country
  • Top threats to birds are habitat loss (data unavailable); 600,000,000 collision (building glass)
  • Crows have the largest cerebral hemisphere relative to body size
  • Owls can turn their heads almost 360 degrees, but they cannot move their eyes.
  • First Domesticated Bird: Goose
  • A blind bird hunts by smell: Kiwi
  • Closest living relative to the Tyrannosaurus Rex: Chicken
  • Only bird that can swim: Penguin
  • A bird’s eye takes up to 50% of its head (a human, 5%)

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