Birds of a Feather Flock Together

Do birds of a feather flock together? In most cases, yes they do! That is, birds of the same species tend to group together.

Cormorants fly over the lagoon.

This week I visited the West Coast National Park here in South Africa, and saw many different birds, the largest being wild ostriches. Wow! Are they big! Check out this video. It looks like their knees are on backwards!



When I got home, I immediately googled “ostrich” to find out more about these fascinating birds. I found out some really interesting facts. Did you know that they are the largest living bird? It’s not surprising then that they lay the largest eggs. They mostly eat plants, but sometimes bugs. They usually travel together in flocks. When two males fight, they kick with their powerful legs and also head-bash each other, sometimes killing the other bird!

A lagoon is an inlet from the ocean.

There’s a large lagoon in the national park. It’s a large area of salt water surrounded by sand dunes on three sides. The fourth side leads out to the ocean. It’s the perfect place for a bird hide. View the video below to see the inside of the bird hide, and the surprise waiting for me!

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The Angulate tortoises were the trouble makers. These bad boys kept playing chicken with the cars, always seeming to cross the road just as our car was approaching! Since we had no desire for tortoise soup that night, we drove slowly and kept swerving around them. They can move surprisingly quickly for an animal known to be slow!

If you ever get a chance to visit a national park or a bird sanctuary, you’ll find that if you keep a sharp look-out, and a quiet voice, you’ll find fascinating and surprising sights!




Shhhh. Rock Pigeon nesting.



What’s a robin doing in Africa???



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22 thoughts on “Birds of a Feather Flock Together

    • Birds fly together because it helps them survive. They are less likely to be eaten by a predator when there’s a whole group of them. Also, when they fly in a “V” shape, the air passes over them and it’s easier to fly. It’s most tiring for the bird at the very front of the “V” so they take turns being the leader.

  1. Wow Ostrich's knees do look like they are on backwords.
    I have never seen a turtle walk that fast. I have always thought that they were really slow.

  2.   At first, I thought Chirpie was real! Then I looked more closely at the picture, and saw the material, as well as the beady eyes.

  3. Wow that is really  cool!! I wonder what your  next blog and video is going to be about? I am in MRS.Flugers class in the fourth grade. You are right that video of the ostrishis are cool

  4. WOW! this is colin from Mrs Fluger's class and that trip to that nature park looks cool I wish I could see ostriches in their natural habitat they look so cool.

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