The other dy, I noticed something I’m embarraced to say I’ve never noticed before. Birds don’t have ears.
“Interesting” I thought. But wait a miute. If birds don’t have ears, why do they chirp all day? It didn’t make sense.
I was relieved to ‘hear’ that I wasn’t the only person to think birds are ear-less. I did some reasearch on the inter-webs and found several sites that explain how birds hear.
Backyard Nature hosts an excellent article on the subject. The truth is that birds do have ears, they’re just not very easy to find and see!
Bird ears are covered with feathers. Once those feathers are spread apart, you can see that the ear hole is nearly as large as the bird’s eye. The author says that feathers cover the ears to drown out wind noise.
So, mystery solved–birds have ears. But that brings up another interesting question–how can birds perch on power lines and not get electrocuted?
What do you think?