Owls: The Smartest Birds?

Owls are known for their large eyes, fluffy feathers, and their incredible sight but, I guarantee there is a lot more you did not know about Owls. The standard Owl is a part of the order Strigiformes, which contains over 200 species of Owls. This order is defined as nocturnal birds that have binocular vision and hearing, sharp talons, upright stance, broad head, and feathers that have been adapted to silent flight.

Though there are many species of Owls, they all share the same characteristics. The most common owl of them all is the barn owl. This owl can be found anywhere in the world except in desert and polar regions. They weigh on average, just over one pound and are about one foot tall. These creatures are not just adapted for catching prey with their sharp talons and their incredible eyesight but, they are intelligent at it as well. This doesn’t mean they are intelligent in general, however. In fact, Owls are not even close to the smartest of birds. Their brains are developed in a way that two-thirds of it is meant for senses such as hearing and vision. These rest is meant for cognitive problem solving and other functions. This means that they can not figure out complex solutions like a crow or parrot. This is why they are intelligent at hunting only.

Dinosaurs: A Blast From The Past

Dinosaurs are some of the greatest creatures that have ever roamed the surface of this Earth. Some of them standing at heights of over 80 feet, were large species that were diverse in nature. Some flew across the sky with their wings so large that it made a sunny day seem cold and dark. The Quetzalcoatlus is the largest avian dinosaur and stood at a height equal to a giraffe. When in the air, their wingspan was around 37 feet wide!

Quetzalcoatlus eating small dinosaurs. Image by By Mark Witton and Darren Naish — Witton MP, Naish D (2008)

Other fierce and more common dinosaurs included the Tyrannosaurus rex and Brachiosaurus altithorax. These two creatures were complete opposites of each other. One was a gentle giant while the other was a fast-moving predator. The Brachiosaurus is best known for its long neck, similar to a giraffe. These gentle giants were herbivores that would feed on plants in trees high in the sky. One of the funniest things about them is the structure of their body. They are in a family known for having small skulls. Their skull was around the size of a horse head yet, their body was the size of a building.

Fortunate for human survival, most of these beasts that roamed the Earth became extinct due to a cataclysmic event. The stories are true, an asteroid hit the Earth, somewhere around Mexico, and caused immediate death to millions of species nearby. This event even created an ash cloud so large that you would not see the light of day for weeks. Not all creatures died, however. Species such as the shark and alligator still live with us today and are some of the most feared creatures alive. Who knows what can still be alive from the pre-historic era?

Pelican: Can They Eat A Human?

The Pelican is a genus of aqueous large birds that contain eight species. They are often identified by their long wingspan and their odd-shaped mouth. Their mouth or bill contains a fibrous skin pouch that hangs from the bottom of the bill. It is easily expandable and helps catch fish when hunting in the ocean. The fibrous pouch is also called a gular sac. These sacs help catch their wide variety of prey that includes turtles, fish, crustaceans, and there have even been some accounts of Pelicans trying to consume humans.

Pelicans are predominantly white or light-colored to blend into the sky. However, some Pelicans such as the brown and Peruvian pelicans are dark in color. The darker colored Pelicans were slowly going extinct in the past hundred years but, with the cleaning of the oceans and preservation of their species, they have begun to increase in population.