Posts from the ‘Tiny Wings’ Category

How can a hummingbird stand still in the air?

Hummingbird

A hummingbird can stand still, or hover, in the air because its wings move very fast.  When hovering, a hummingbird’s body assumes a nearly vertical position.  Its tiny wings “scull” the air, gaining lift from what is more of a forward-and-backward movement than the more typical up-and-down flapping of other birds.  The hummingbird’s unique wings enable it to remain suspended in midair as it reaches into flowers with its long, slender bill and its even longer tongue, to sip the nectar or to gobble up insects.– Dick Rogers

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What is a dodo?

Dodo

Dead as a dodo!  These words live on as a memorial for a puddy, flightless birds no one will ever see alive for it has been extinct nearly 300 years.

The dodo, whose name comes from the Portuguese word for “simpleton,” lived on the island of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean.

Larger than a turkey, the dodo had an enormous beak, tiny wings, and a little tuft of curly feathers for a tall.  It waddled about on short legs that could scarcely support its fat body.

Unchallenged by enemies, the dodo was quite unafraid when men came to its island home.

The dodo couldn’t fly anyway.  It was too clumsy to flee.  Dodo birds were slaughtered by the thousands.

The eggs and young were easy prey for the rats and dogs the men brought with them.  By the end of the 17th century, there were no more dodos.

Today, we know what the dodo looked like only from its bones and from 17thcentury paintings of dodos.  – Dick Rogers