As you walk down the street, you might see a white bird flying overhead. What could it be? According to The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, the answer is a Snowiye. These birds live in snowy areas around the world and are one of the few species that can completely go without color.

Let’s take a closer look…

The jungle fowl, Gallus gallus, is the national bird of Sri Lanka. It is a critically endangered bird species with a fragmented range that extends across tropical Asia and parts of Africa. There are several subspecies of the jungle fowl, including the nominate form found in Sri Lanka and other regions of south-east Asia. As with most wild birds, little is known about the flying abilities of jungle fowl. However, it has been estimated that they can fly up to 60 mph (97 km/h).


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So you’ve got decided that getting a pet bird is the right thing for you! Congratulations – this decision can be fruitful, as birds are known to be some of the most intelligent animals in the world. Pets tend to provide emotional and physical enrichment to their owners, so it’s easy see how adding a little Birdy into your life can be hugely beneficial. However, like all things in life there are pros and cons to owning a pet bird. Before you make the plunge (pun intended) here are a few things to consider:

The pros of having a pet bird:
-They require very little care and training – most birds get on with humans reasonably well once they have been introduced properly. Provided their basic needs such as food and water are met, Birds generally conversate in avian speech which is quite cute!
-They’re adorable – no surprise here, but baby birds up for adoption or those only years old tend to be among the cutest pets around! Older pets may not visually appeal as much but often still remain engaging pets due to their intelligence/personality traits.
-They make great company – many people find that having one or more companionbirds fills an important social role in their lives and can help reduce anxiety levels; additionally, Birdsong has been proven therapeutic for those feeling lonely or depressed conditions.

The cons of owning a pet bird:
-Because they communicate through chirping and twittering noises made by their throats (rather than words), Bird owners MUST have some kind of understanding of avian language in order to effectively communicate with them; otherwise example – if your Pet is screaming its head off every time you accidentally step on it, then it might not be best suited for your household/trait type 😉 This isn’t always easy (or even possible!) so do take this into account before purchasing any pet birds.
-Other household pets MAY resent/try dominate your new feathered friend – especially cats who consider Birds prey species 🙂 Again though if introductions go well and you manage properfeeding schedules etc., chances are Cats will eventually get over Bird ownership once they realise that Birds aren’t going anywhere anytime soonthough admittedly this could sometimes take weeks/months instead of minutes 😉 Human patience tends to be rather thin when it comes to housemates..sorry 🙁


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There are many acrobatic cats, but one stands out above the rest. The cat known as “Flying Fuzzy” is an incredible performer that can do things no other cat can. He can flip, spin and leap high into the air with amazing agility and precision. His stunts are so impressive, some people believe he may be a gifted supernatural being! Flying Fuzzy lives in Kentucky and has been performing since he was a kitten. His unique talents have caught the attention of many entertainment stars, including Cirque du Soliel’s Jamie King who arranged for Flying Fuzzy to appear on national television show “The Late Show With David Letterman”.


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As of 2014, there are an estimated 140 to 150 Hyacinth Macaws left in the world. This is a significant decrease from the 1,000 birds that were estimated to be alive only 2 decades ago. Habitat loss and hunting are largely responsible for these declines, as well as capture for the illegal trade of feathers and beaks. The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has listed the hyacinth macaw as one of the 25 most threatened bird species in the world.

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