The Jay - mimics hawks' calls

1. The characteristic image of a robin on a spade handle is due to their territorial instinct. The male is simply seeking a favourable lookout post!

2. A woodpecker's tongue can be up to 4 inches long and wraps around the skull. Many woodpeckers have barbed tongues that help them extract bugs from trees and holes.

3. If jays are threatened by hawks, the usually shy birds will mob their attackers, mimicking the hawks' calls as an alarm.

4. Kagus are known locally as 'ghosts of the forest' due to their pale grey plumage.

5. The record number of wrens found nesting together is 63.

6. Unlike many other owls, short-eared owls can frequently be seen hunting in broad daylight as well as in the early evening.

7. Gentoo penguins are the fastest penguin underwater, able to reach speeds of 36kph, and they can dive up to 170 metres.

8. Ring-necked parakeets are the only species of parrot that live wild in the UK. They are descended from aviary birds which were released or have escaped into the wild.

9. Chiffchaffs will only sing in trees more than 5m high.

10. The yellowness of a male blue tit's breast is an indication of the number of yellowy-green caterpillars he has eaten.

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