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International Bird watching Day is observed on October 2-3. Birds are fascinating creatures. Some, like the tufted puffin, can even fly under the water. Like all birds of the auk (Alcidae) family, tufted puffins move underwater using their wings.

International Bird watching Day is observed on October 2-3. Birds are fascinating creatures. Some, like the tufted puffin, can even fly under the water. Like all birds of the auk (Alcidae) family, tufted puffins move underwater using their wings.

© RIA Novosti / Go to the photo bankInternational Bird watching Day is observed on October 2-3. Birds are fascinating creatures. Some, like the tufted puffin, can even fly under the water. Like all birds of the auk (Alcidae) family, tufted puffins move underwater using their wings.
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International Bird watching Day is observed on October 2-3. Birds are fascinating creatures. Some, like the tufted puffin, can even fly under the water. Like all birds of the auk (Alcidae) family, tufted puffins move underwater using their wings.
© RIA Novosti . Dmitry Korobeynikov / Go to the photo bankKiwi are flightless anourous birds. They have strong leg muscles with sharp claws. The bird is the national symbol of New Zealand. Its image is on the national emblem and the New Zealand dollar. There are no live Kiwis left in the wild. Though it is included in the Red book and protected, in the past 100 years, kiwi numbers have decreased from several million to several thousand.
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Kiwi are flightless anourous birds. They have strong leg muscles with sharp claws. The bird is the national symbol of New Zealand. Its image is on the national emblem and the New Zealand dollar. There are no live Kiwis left in the wild. Though it is included in the Red book and protected, in the past 100 years, kiwi numbers have decreased from several million to several thousand.
© RIA Novosti . Viktor MelnikAlmost all Amazonian parrots can simulate human speech. One of the most gifted is the Yellow-headed Amazon. Unlike the majority of speaking parrots, Amazons can "chat" to humans and even interrupt conversations with loud remarks.
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Almost all Amazonian parrots can simulate human speech. One of the most gifted is the Yellow-headed Amazon. Unlike the majority of speaking parrots, Amazons can "chat" to humans and even interrupt conversations with loud remarks.
© RIA Novosti . Alexander SolovskiyThe peacock has the most beautiful plumage of all fowl-like birds and the ugliest voice. The Burmese subspecies of a Javanese peacock is the national symbol of Myanmar, and the ordinary peacock is the official national symbol of India and the unofficial national symbol of Iran.
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The peacock has the most beautiful plumage of all fowl-like birds and the ugliest voice. The Burmese subspecies of a Javanese peacock is the national symbol of Myanmar, and the ordinary peacock is the official national symbol of India and the unofficial national symbol of Iran.
© RIA Novosti . Vladimir Vyatkin / Go to the photo bankThe biggest pelican is the Dalmatian. It reaches up to 180 centimeters in length and 15 kilograms in weight and has a wingspan of 3 meters. The bones of a pelican are hollow and light — the weight of a pelican’s skeleton makes up only 10 percent of its body weight.
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The biggest pelican is the Dalmatian. It reaches up to 180 centimeters in length and 15 kilograms in weight and has a wingspan of 3 meters. The bones of a pelican are hollow and light — the weight of a pelican’s skeleton makes up only 10 percent of its body weight.
© RIA Novosti . Alexander Alpatkin / Go to the photo bankWaxwings are unable to split out berries and so swallow them whole instead. The birds can eat so many berries in one day that they double in weight.
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Waxwings are unable to split out berries and so swallow them whole instead. The birds can eat so many berries in one day that they double in weight.
© RIA Novosti . Anton Denisov / Go to the photo bankSeagulls drink salty sea water because their tonsils are adapted for salt filtration.
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Seagulls drink salty sea water because their tonsils are adapted for salt filtration.
© RIA Novosti . Vladimir Voronin / Go to the photo bankThe speed of the falcon during an attack can reach 360 km/h. Photo: participants of Salburun festival in Bokombaevo village of Issyk Kul Province in Kazakhstan.
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The speed of the falcon during an attack can reach 360 km/h. Photo: participants of Salburun festival in Bokombaevo village of Issyk Kul Province in Kazakhstan.
© RIA Novosti . G. Koposov / Go to the photo bankThe Penguin is a unique bird that can swim, but cannot fly. Penguins nest in big colonies of several thousand pairs or more. Parent Penguins take it in turns to keep the eggs warm.
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The Penguin is a unique bird that can swim, but cannot fly. Penguins nest in big colonies of several thousand pairs or more. Parent Penguins take it in turns to keep the eggs warm.
© RIA Novosti . Alexander Lyskin / Go to the photo bankThe Polar Owl is the biggest bird in the Arctic. Females are larger than males. They have a body length of 55-65 centimeters, a wingspan of 150-160 centimeters; and a weight of 1.5-2 kilograms. Owls are the only birds that can see the color blue.
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The Polar Owl is the biggest bird in the Arctic. Females are larger than males. They have a body length of 55-65 centimeters, a wingspan of 150-160 centimeters; and a weight of 1.5-2 kilograms. Owls are the only birds that can see the color blue.
© RIA Novosti . Vladimir Fedorenko / Go to the photo bankFlamingos have the longest legs of any other bird. They live mainly in the tropics and subtropics. They also nest on the coast of the Caspian Sea in Kazakhstan.
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Flamingos have the longest legs of any other bird. They live mainly in the tropics and subtropics. They also nest on the coast of the Caspian Sea in Kazakhstan.
© RIA Novosti . Papikyan / Go to the photo bankDucks and geese are adapted to low temperatures. According to experiments, they can survive in temperatures of up to -110 degrees Celsius.
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Ducks and geese are adapted to low temperatures. According to experiments, they can survive in temperatures of up to -110 degrees Celsius.
© RIA Novosti . Ruslan Krivobok / Go to the photo bankThe ostrich is the fastest flightless bird. It can accelerate at up to 72 km/h. The ostrich is also the only bird that has a bladder.
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The ostrich is the fastest flightless bird. It can accelerate at up to 72 km/h. The ostrich is also the only bird that has a bladder.
© RIA Novosti . Igor Zarembo / Go to the photo bankRussia is home to six species of cormorants. Two are included in the Red book of endangered species.
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Russia is home to six species of cormorants. Two are included in the Red book of endangered species.
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