Well Victor Breno Meyer-Rochow of the International University of Bremen, alongside Jozsef Gal of Lorand Eotvos University, Hungary, used basic physics to calculate the pressure that builds up inside a penguin.
Another study performed by Stockholm University colleagues involved determining the attractiveness of humans to chickens!
But for some little know but basic bird facts you can always try these for size:
* The only known poisonous bird in the world is the hooded pitohui of Papua, New Guinea.
* An ostrich's eye is larger than its brain.
* An ostrich egg needs to be boiled for 2 hours to get a hard-boiled egg.
* The most yolks ever found in a single chicken's egg is nine.
* The American turkey vulture helps human engineers detect cracked or broken underground fuel pipes. The leaking fuel smells like vulture food, and so clusters of birds lead the way to where the lines need fixing.