|HABITAT:||Birds are found all across the globe, from pole to pole, terrestrial or aquatic.|
|Diet:||All birds are consumers, meaning that they must eat something in order to get nutrients and energy. Birds can be herbivores (plant-eaters), carnivores (meat-eaters), or omnivores (plant and meat-eaters).|
|Lifespan:||The lifespan of birds is as diverse as the animals. Some birds may live only a few years, such as some types of quails, or decades, like parrots that can live upwards of 80 years.|
Birds are a class of animals that have some distinct characteristics (though there are always exceptions).
The main avian characteristics are: