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Get to Know the Bee Hummingbird, the World’s Smallest Bird

Get to Know the Bee Hummingbird, the World’s Smallest Bird

— Only found in Cuba, these birds lay their eggs in nests the size of a quarter.
How Starlings Spoke for the Gods in Ancient Rome

How Starlings Spoke for the Gods in Ancient Rome

— Religious leaders interpreted the shapes of these birds' murmurations to see if the gods gave, or withheld, their approval.
Follow a Young Plover as It Heads South for the Winter

Follow a Young Plover as It Heads South for the Winter

— Left behind by their parents, juvenile Black-bellied Plovers must rely on instincts to find their way.
How Toucans Use Their Bills to Keep Cool

How Toucans Use Their Bills to Keep Cool

— Relative to body size, the Toco Toucan has the biggest bill of any bird in the world. And it's laced with blood vessels.
Great Blue Herons Need Alone Time, Too

Great Blue Herons Need Alone Time, Too

— After all the “togetherness” of the nesting colonies, the stately birds spend the off-season by themselves.
Beep, Beep! Hear the Real-Life Call of the Greater Roadrunner

Beep, Beep! Hear the Real-Life Call of the Greater Roadrunner

— The cartoon character's fictional call can't compare with the soft, cooing song you might hear in southwestern deserts.
Hear the Hauntingly Beautiful Call of the Common Loon

Hear the Hauntingly Beautiful Call of the Common Loon

— Can you identify this diver's yodel as it carries across northern lakes?
How Desert Birds Can Survive With Very Little Water

How Desert Birds Can Survive With Very Little Water

— No liquid? No problem for these hardy species.
Mobbing: When Smaller Birds Join Forces to Fend Off Larger Birds

Mobbing: When Smaller Birds Join Forces to Fend Off Larger Birds

— There’s strength in numbers, and many species have learned to work together to protect themselves.
A Wave of Bird Alarm Calls Can Travel at 100 Miles Per Hour

A Wave of Bird Alarm Calls Can Travel at 100 Miles Per Hour

— By working together, birds of many species alert others of predators long before they arrive.