The Australian Dingo fence at 5614 km (3488 mi) in length it is one of the longest structures in the world. It protects sheep flocks in the SE of the continent. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Din…
Flocks of native wild parrots used to be common in North America, even into Canada. Known as the Carolina Parakeet, they were eventually all killed for their beautiful feathers by 1939. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Car…
In a flock without a rooster, the hen at the top of the pecking order may try to take on the role of the rooster- and so will display behaviours such as crowing, and attempting to mount the other hens. chickenandchicksinfo.com/…
Chickens will still recognize flock-mates even when they are disguised to a certain extent. β€œModification of features has to be abrupt and quite pronounced to cause a loss of recognition.” sora.unm.edu/sites/defaul…
In 19th-century Paris, whenever a newspaper reported on a gruesome or mysterious death, tens of thousands of people would flock to the morgue to examine the body and guess how it got there. Police often had to be dispatched to control the peace. atlasobscura.com/articles…
A fearless goat-herding dog called Odin refused to abandon his flock of goats during deadly California wildfires in 2017, while his owners ran to safety. Days later his family returned to their destroyed home and found him AND the goats still alive. fox17online.com/2017/10/1…
Russia has their own version of "Miracle on the Hudson". A Ural Airlines flight collided with a flock of seagulls that struck both of the plane's engines. The pilot opted to land the plane in a corn field and everyone on board survived. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ura…
The Hudson Bay Company sold land comprising about a quarter of the continent to Canada in 1869 for $1.5 million. The inhabiting indigenous peoples were handed over to Canada like "a flock of sheep". cbc.ca/history/EPCONTENTS…
Today I learned that there are flocks of feral parakeets in the United Kingdom en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fer…
Dymphna, patron saint of mental illness, fled from her "mad king" father to Geel, Belgium. She founded an sanctuary for the mentally ill. After her death, the afflicted continued to flock to Geel. Citizens began boarding and caring for them in their homes, a tradition that continues today. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dym…
In 2017, a dog named Odin refused to leave his flock of goats behind during the California Tubbs Fire as his owners fled to safety. Days later, the owners came back to their property to find Odin survived and managed to keep all the goats alive. sacbee.com/news/state/cal…
President Woodrow Wilson allowed a flock of sheep to graze on the White House lawn. They saved manpower by not having to mow the lawn, and also raised $52,823 for the Red Cross by auctioning wool. whitehousehistory.org/que…
Roman soldiers were given one pound of meat daily. For an army 120 sheep were killed a day just for the meat ration. Or 60 hogs. Huge flocks of livestock were herded and grazing alongside an army. Roman soldiers were a mule more than anything else. They carried very heavy gear, on bad roads. history.com/news/soldier-…
Honeybees can be trained to locate landmines due to their acute sense of smell. Croatian scientists mixed a sugar solution with a small amount of TNT β€” and after about five minutes of hunting for this doped sugar solution, the honeybees are trained to flock to the smell of TNT. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
80s band Flock of Seagulls was not a one-hit-wonder. The success of "I Ran" was concentrated in the US and Australia. A later song, "Wishing (If I Had a Photograph of You)", was a bigger hit in most other markets and did quite well in the US too. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wis…
Marek's disease affects chickens and was once rarely fatal. The introduction of a leaky vaccine (still get/spread virus, don't get sick) caused it to become 100% fatal. Because it is so fatal, and the vaccine doesn't stop the spread of the virus, Marek's can only spread in vaccinated flocks the-scientist.com/feature…
Today I learned about the Kentucky meat shower of 1876, where pieces of meat appeared to fall on Bath County. One theory is that a flock of vultures vomited in the area; the meat was said to taste like lamb or deer. Another is that the meat was a cyanobacteria which expands to a jelly-like mass when wet. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ken…
The Bar-Tailed Godwit is known to undertake the longest non-stop flights of any bird or animal in the world. They regularly fly over 6,500 miles non-stop, and one particular flock was known to fly non-stop from western Alaska to New Zealand, a distance of over 7,200 miles. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bar…
Today I learned about the Passenger Pigeon de-extinction project intended to restore flocks of Passenger Pigeons to the eastern U.S., in-turn restoring a consistent and significant disturbance factor to stimulate cycles of regeneration, making forests more productive and diverse. reviverestore.org/about-t…
Pigeons can understand when a flock leader is doing a poor job and course correct. The poor leader will also spend less time as head bird and lose flock mates due to poor performance. popsci.com/pigeons-know-w…
Starlings often gather in huge flocks called murmurations, forming swirling and pulsating patterns. A murmuration can contain hundreds of thousands of birds, each reacting to the seven neighboring birds around it. animals.howstuffworks.com…
Some free range turkey farms use alpacas to guard their flocks from foxes, since alpacas are extremely territorial and will accept the turkeys as part of their herd, defending them by chasing off predators bbc.co.uk/news/business-3…
Wild budgerigars (budgies) look for food as a flock. As more and more birds join the flock, it can reach numbers up to 1000+ birds! youtube.com/watch?v=wyfCM…
Juba, South Sudan, is one of the newest capitals in the world. The population has been growing rapidly as people from Europe, Asia, and the rest of Africa flock to the city because it is the commercial hub of South Sudan’s oil industry blackpast.org/global-afri…
The red-crested turaco (Tauraco erythrolophus), the national bird of Angola, is one of the more colorful birds in its genus, and its call sounds somewhat like a jungle monkey. Turacos are found in large flocks and feed on fruits. Interestingly, all flock members help new moms with "childcare." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red…
The New Zealand town of Brightwater had 5 electric street lights in 1911 powered by a hydroelectric generator which was auto-controlled by a flock of chickens. At night, the chickens would go inside their coop and their weight would close an electric circuit, turning on the street lights. stuff.co.nz/the-press/new…
The collective noun for geese changes based on what they're doing. On the ground, they're a gaggle or a flock. In flight, they're a skein, wedge or chevron. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Google hires a flock of 200 goats regularly to chew away the grass in their lawns rather than using land-mowers. googleblog.blogspot.com.t…
There used to be so many passenger pigeons in America, that flocks of them flying overhead could easily block out the sun and create darkness in the middle of the day for a few minutes. They could also break the limbs of trees when setting down on them, causing feathery avalanches. popsci.com/article/scienc…
When a flock of starlings are murmurating (flying in those shape-shifting patterns) Each individual birds' movements are copied by 7 of its closest neighbours, and each of those neighbours' movements affect 7 more and so on through the flock. mnn.com/earth-matters/ani…
There were no starlings in America until 1890 when Eugene Schieffelin released a flock in New York City believing that all bird species mentioned by Shakespeare should be introduced into the New World. bbc.com/news/magazine-270…
Aviation experts say African airlines have a terrible safety record but Ethiopian Airlines has always been considered an exception with a solid history. The previous fatal crash was in 1988 when a domestic flight hit a flock of pigeons and crashed, killing 31 people independent.co.uk/news/wo…
There's a full-time position at the Tower of London called the "Ravenmaster" that is the caretaker for the flocks of Ravens that inhabit the grounds there historic-uk.com/CultureUK…
In the absence of a Rooster, the alpha female chicken can take on male characteristics such as the large comb and waddle as well as spurs to protect the flock from predators. articles.extension.org/pa…
The name of a flock of ravens is "an unkindness of ravens" or a "Conspiracy of ravens". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Com…
A flock of peace doves got incinerated at the 1988 Olympics opening ceremony in Seoul sbnation.com/lookit/2017/…
Woodrow Wilson’s sheep flock had a ram named Old Ike who would chew tobacco people threw on the lawn presidentialpetmuseum.com…
A flock of passenger pigeons 1 mi (1.5 km) wide and 300 mi (500 km) long was once spotted in southern Ontario. The flock took 14 hours to pass overhead and held in excess of 3.5 billion birds. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pas…
Today I learned of Eugene Schieffelin, who attempted to introduce birds mentioned in Shakespeare's plays to North America. In 1890 he released 60 European Starlings into New York. In 1960 Flight 375 from Boston hit a flock of starlings, crashing and resulting in 62 fatalities. sfgate.com/news/article/P…
King Mithradates of Pontus had a flock of ducks who consumed poisonous plants and didn't die (thus making them useful for creating antidotes); however their blood, meat, and eggs could kill you if you ingested them sarahalbeebooks.com/2015/…
14 years ago a flock of Yorkshire sheep learnt to roll over 3m long cattle grids in order to eat the plants in the local gardens and graze on the village bowling green. news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/39…
The use of "flight" in "flight of wines" might come from 13th-century usage to mean β€œa group of things or beings flying through the air together,” such as birds or angels. So β€œflight” may have been adopted to convey the sense of a gathering of varied small samples, like a flock of little birds word-detective.com/2010/1…
In 2016 a flock of birds got drunk off eating fermented berries and crashed into vehicles causing massive jams. atlasobscura.com/articles…
A flock of birds in Austria got drunk off fermented berries and caused a freeway pile up by dive-bombing cars atlasobscura.com/articles…
Today I learned of the Carolina Parakeet, a neotropical parrot that was native to much of the United States up until they were driven extinct by deforestation, hunting, and possibly disease in 1910. They lived in huge flocks of up to 300 birds and were likely poisonous to eat. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Car…
After the "Miracle on the Hudson", where an Airbus A320 ditched into the Hudson River after colliding with a flock of geese, the US Department of Agriculture and Wildlife services gassed 1,235 Canadian Geese and coated 1,739 of their eggs in corn oil to suffocate the offspring. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/US_…
A flock of ravens is called an unkindness. en.oxforddictionaries.com…
Every autumn Black-capped Chickadees allow brain neurons containing old information to die, replacing them with new neurons so they can adapt to changes in their social flocks and environment even with their tiny brains. allaboutbirds.org/guide/B…
Bushtits are tiny, kinglet-sized birds. They are plump and large-headed, with long tails and short, stubby bills, brown-and-gray in color. Bushtits move quickly through vegetation, almost always in flocks, and continuously make soft chips and twitters. allaboutbirds.org/guide/B…
Passenger pigeon flocks used to be so big, you could catch them with nets. One large "tunnel net" would ensnare 3,500 birds at a time. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pas…

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