Posts tagged ‘Bird’

December 3, 2013

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The name for mistletoe comes from the fact that mistletoe tends to spring from bird droppings that have fallen on trees, with the seeds having passed through the digestive tract of the birds.  At the time the plant was given this name, the people didn’t know anything about that, but had observed that mistletoe seemed to spring into existence from bird droppings on trees, thus “mistle” or “missel”, which meant basically “dung”, and “toe”, which came from the Anglo-Saxon “tan” meaning “twig”;  hence, mistletoe is another way to essentially say “poop twig”.

Source: www.todayifoundout.com

November 25, 2013

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 In the 1540s, the guinea fowl, was imported from Madagascar through Turkey by traders known as turkey merchants. The guinea fowl was also nicknamed the turkey fowl. Then, the Spanish brought turkeys back from the Americas by way of North Africa and Turkey, where the bird was mistakenly called the same name. Europeans who encountered the bird in the Americas latched on to the “turkey fowl” name, and the term was condensed simply to “turkey.”

Source: www.dictionary.com

July 24, 2013

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Seagulls can drink both fresh and salt water. Most animals are unable to do this, but seagulls have a special pair of glands which are positioned in grooves of the skull that are specifically designed to flush the salt from their systems through openings in the bird’s bill.

Source: www.onekind.org

June 13, 2013

Gooses! Geeses!

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A group of geese on the ground is a gaggle, a group of geese in the air is a skein.

Source: www.weirdfacts.com