... (and every twittering little beauty in between), the world’s avian population is hugely diverse—and they face a diverse set of challenges. From seeking better lives for poultry on factory farms, to battling the abuses of the exotic parrot trade and the cruel hunting of doves, the Humane Society of the United States is fighting to protect birds.
The world’s largest bird, the flightless ostrich, can weigh 250 pounds—more than 50,000 times heavier than the world’s smallest avian, the tiny bee hummingbird.
It’s fun to feed ducks and geese, but eating bread and crackers can cause wing deformities that leave them flightless or even kill them. If you want to treat these birds, stick to foods like lettuce, corn, peas and other fresh vegetables.
No matter how big or small your outdoor space, you can create a haven for local wildlife. By pledging to provide basic needs like water, food and shelter for wildlife, you can make a difference in your own backyard.