Who would believe that a bird could walk on water, throw stones or run 25 miles per hour? Some bird behaviors may seem strange but in fact help birds stay alive.
At 350 pounds (160 kg), ostriches may be too heavy to fly but boy can they run — up to 40 miles (64 km) per hour! Birds that don't fly features the twenty types of birds that can't get off the ground exploring:
how these birds evolved to suit their unique habitats or hunting behaviors
a range of flightless birds including penguins, emus, and kiwis
how they live
how some, like the dodo, have become extinct
There are more than 9,000 different species of birds in the world! Birds Up Close introduces young readers to fascinating bird facts answering questions about the aerial abilities of birds, their magnificent plumage, and astounding hunting prowess. Spectular full-color photos feature intriguing birds that live in forests, deserts, grasslands, and on water. Detailed illustrations help explain the mechanics of flight in a simple, clear way.