Hummingbird Moth Facts: Moths That Look (And Sound) Like Hummingbirds!

Hummingbird Moth Facts

As they dart from flower to flower in search of nectar, not only do hummingbird moths look like the birds after which they are named, but they also sound like them; the rapid flapping of their wings making a hummingbird–like buzz.

This page contains hummingbird moth facts, pictures and information. First we’ll find out about hummingbird moths in general before turning our attention to the five species of hummingbird moth found in the United States.

Finally, we’ll take a look at the related hummingbird hawk-moth, a species found in Europe (including the UK), Africa and Asia.

Read more

Are Sharks Mammals? Is A Shark A Mammal Or A Fish?

Are Sharks Mammals

Sharks are not mammals; sharks are fish. Sharks lack mammalian characteristics such as hair and lungs, and do not produce milk. Being fish, sharks have scales and fins, and breathe using gills. Sharks belong to the class Chondrichthyes, whereas mammals belong to the class Mammalia.

Although sharks do share some physical characteristics with mammals (especially marine mammals such as whales and dolphins), they are very different types of animal.

On this page you'll discover why sharks are fish rather than mammals, and learn some amazing facts about both groups of animals along the way...

Read more

The Best Nature Documentaries Ever Made: Check Out These Amazing Shows!

Best Nature Documentaries

Any list of the best nature documentaries ever made would include the work of Sir David Attenborough, including the acclaimed Planet Earth and Planet Earth II, Life On Earth and accompanying series such as The Life of Birds and The Private Life of Plants.

Other well-regarded nature documentaries include recent series such as Tiny World, narrated by Paul Rudd, and Our Planet, produced by Netflix.

On this page you'll find a selection of the best nature documentaries. Our selection covers a number of natural history subjects and locations. If you love natural history then any of the titles on this list are likely to provide you with many hours of entertainment…

Read more

Ten Signs Of Spring In Britain: How Many Have You Seen? (And what are the first signs of spring in your country?)

signs of spring in britain

First Signs Of Spring In The UK

Half the world may be in a coronavirus-induced ‘lockdown’, but spring has arrived and nature can provide some much-needed relief from the doom and gloom in the news.

In this article we describe some of the things that are lifting our spirits as the temperature begins to rise and nature begins to swing back into action after its winter sleep.

We also invite you to tell us about the sights and sounds of spring that you’ve observed in your part of the world...

Read more

Are Penguins Birds?

Are Penguins Birds

Are penguins birds is a question that a surprising number of people ask the internet every day. Of course, regular visitors to Active Wild will already know the answer – we’ve talked about penguins here: Penguin Facts, and here: Antarctic Penguins.

For everyone else, we’ll provide the answer to the question are penguins birds on this page, and we’ll also provide lots of other penguin information …

Read more

Is a Frog a Reptile? The Definitive Amphibian Vs Reptile Facts

Is a Frog a Reptile

Is a frog a reptile?

In a nutshell, no; a frog is not a reptile …

A frog is an amphibian!

Which is not the same thing at all!

In this article, we’ll expand on the ‘Is a frog a reptile’ question by explaining the differences between amphibians (like frogs) and reptiles.

So, if you just wanted a quick answer, there you have it: frogs aren’t reptiles. But please do read on: you’ll discover some incredible facts about the differences between amphibians and reptiles.

Read more

Is a Bird an Animal?

Is a bird an animal

Is a bird an animal? Well, of course you know the answer to this question. But lots of people don’t! In the Ask Professor Wild series, our resident animal expert is on hand to answer all of your nature and science questions – no matter how silly they may be!

Read more