Feathered Friends

From parakeets to pompadour cotingas, birds are awesome animals. With their bright colors and pretty songs, it’s no wonder so many people sing the praises of our feathered friends. But did you know that birds also do their share of the work in their habitatWhere an animal or plant normally lives and grows.?

 

Those busy little hummingbirds, for example, are expert pollinators, helping plants and flowers blossom! And where would we be without seed dispersers like fruit doves? After eating fruit, these natural gardeners carry the seeds in their digestive tract and deposit them elsewhere to start another bloom.

 

Other birds help keep things clean and pestA plant or animal that humans believe to be harmful or annoying.-free. Many birds are insectA small animal without a backbone. Its body is divided into three parts. Insects have three pairs of legs and usually two pairs of wings. Flies, ants, grasshoppers, and beetles are a few of the many kinds of insects. eaters, which controls insectA small animal without a backbone. Its body is divided into three parts. Insects have three pairs of legs and usually two pairs of wings. Flies, ants, grasshoppers, and beetles are a few of the many kinds of insects. populations and can even cut down on the risk of disease. African crowned cranes even stomp their feet as they walk, stirring up insects for a quick meal. RodentGenerally, a small mammal with soft fur. Rodents have large front teeth (incisors) that never stop growing. Rodents are mammals. Guinea pigs, hamsters, mice, rats, and squirrels are all rodents. populations could multiply out of control if it wasn’t for hunters like owls to help keep their numbers in check. And probably the most helpful of these busy birds are scavengers like vultures, who eat everyone else’s “leftovers” and clean up carrionThe remains of a dead animal that is then eaten by other animals, such as vultures and hyenas., reducing the chance of disease in their habitatWhere an animal or plant normally lives and grows..

 

So the next time you see a birdAn animal that has wings and is covered with feathers. Birds have a backbone, are warm-blooded, produce young from eggs, and walk on their two legs. Most can fly. winging by, think about its “to-do” list and you’ll probably know why they fly away so fast—they’re busy!