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Birds are very interesting animals. They come in all shapes and sizes and sometimes beautiful colours. There are many different types of birds, from ducks and geese in rivers and lakes, to birds of prey that are carnivores and eat other animals and insects. The smallest bird in the world is the male bee hummingbird, which is only 7 cm long. The tallest bird is the 2.7 metres tall ostrich which can weigh up to a staggering 120 kg!
Some birds can also sing beautifully. Why do they sing? Most experts believe that birds sing to communicate with each other. We are lucky that they often make such a beautiful sound when they are ‘talking’ to each other!
Birds of prey are a special type of bird. They are carnivores, which means they eat meat and these birds eat other birds and animals. They have sharp, curved beaks and strong, sharp nails or talons. An example of a bird of prey is the falcon, which is the national bird of the UAE.
The UAE is famous for birds that migrate during the cold winter months in other countries. Some birds fly more than 3000 kilometres to get to the UAE from colder countries, and then fly back when the weather changes. The UAE is half way between Europe and Asia, so it makes a perfect place for birds to stop on their long journeys.
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