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How High Can Birds Fly?

Birds can fly at various altitudes depending on their species, size, and migration patterns. Some birds fly close to the ground, while others soar to incredibly high altitudes . The highest flying bird ever recorded is the Rüppell's vulture, which can fly at an altitude of up to 37,000 feet (11,000 meters) above sea level. This species of vulture is known to soar at great heights in search of carrion and has been observed flying above Mount Everest, the highest mountain in the world. Other high-flying birds include bar-headed geese, which migrate over the Himalayas and have been recorded flying at altitudes of over 29,000 feet (8,800 meters), and common cranes, which have been observed flying at altitudes of up to 33,000 feet (10,000 meters) during migration. Below is a visualization created by Reddit user OfficialWireGrind shows the maximum bird flight elevation by species compared to Mount Everest. However, it's worth noting that most birds fly at lower altitudes, typically

Biotoxins in Nature Ranked

Biotoxins are toxic substances produced by living organisms, such as bacteria, fungi, algae, plants, and animals. These toxins can cause illness or death in other organisms, including humans. Biotoxins can be found in various environments, including marine and freshwater ecosystems, as well as in the soil and air. Some examples of biotoxins include: Toxins produced by harmful algal blooms (HABs), such as domoic acid, saxitoxin, and brevetoxin, which can cause neurological and gastrointestinal symptoms in humans and marine animals. Venom produced by snakes, spiders, scorpions, and other animals, which can cause pain, swelling, and even death in some cases. Toxins produced by certain species of bacteria, such as botulinum toxin, which causes botulism, a potentially fatal illness characterized by muscle paralysis. Toxins produced by some plants, such as poison ivy and poison oak, which can cause skin irritation and allergic reactions. Biotoxins can be harmful to human health, and exposur

Geographic range of the bear species

Bears are large mammals belonging to the family Ursidae. They are known for their iconic appearance, typically characterized by a stocky body, a large head, and a short tail. Bears are known for their strength, and they are excellent swimmers and climbers. Bears are generally omnivorous, although their diet can vary depending on the species and availability of food. They may feed on plants, fruits, nuts, insects, fish, and even larger mammals. Bears are typically solitary animals, although they may come together during mating season or when food is abundant. There are eight recognized species of bears, and their distribution varies across different regions of the world. Here's a list of the eight bear species and their general geographical distribution: American black bear ( Ursus americanus ) : The American black bear is the most common bear species in North America. They have a wide distribution, ranging from the United States and Canada to Mexico. The total population of America

Percentage of Urban Tree Cover in the European Capitals Mapped

The European country with the capital city that has the highest percentage of urban tree cover is Norway with its capital city Oslo. Oslo, the capital of Norway, has the largest number of trees and may be considered the greenest capital in Europe. However, Oslo is known for its strong commitment to environmental sustainability and has implemented various initiatives to increase green spaces and promote a greener lifestyle. Oslo had a comprehensive tree planting program and has set a goal to plant 100,000 new trees within the city by 2021. The city also has a focus on reducing carbon emissions and improving air quality, with plans to become carbon neutral by 2030 . Oslo has invested in public transportation, pedestrian and cycling infrastructure, and has restricted car access in certain areas of the city center to reduce pollution and promote sustainable transportation. Furthermore, Oslo has several large parks and recreational areas, such as the famous Vigeland Park and the nearby Nor