Undeniable Fact: This one's a hoot!
Friday, September 15, 2006
The European gilded owl is the only bird which incorporates real gold into its plumage. This nearly led to its extinction in the early 17th century, until it was protected by royal decree to preserve its status as the Lithuanian national bird. An adult male typically has so much gold in its feathers just before molting season that it can weigh up to 140 pounds or more and can barely get off the ground.