Wonderful Creatures


Wild parakeets live in the plains of Australia where it rarely rains. Since they meet their need for water from the seeds on which they feed, these birds can easily survive without drinking water for a month in very dry seasons. Water is vital to wild parakeets. For this reason, they can organise all their lives according to climatic conditions. For example, if water is insufficient, they stop breeding and begin to search for new places with water. As soon as they find a sufficiently big body of water, they begin to lay their eggs.

It is only by the inspiration of Allah that parakeets organise their lives in compliance with climatic conditions. Since the continuance of their species is essential, they do not take any risks and stop breeding at once. Our Lord, Who knows everything and is well aware of His creatures, inspires them to behave that wisely. In a verse, Allah says:

The seven heavens and the earth and everyone in them glorify Him. There is nothing which does not glorify Him with praise but you do not understand their glorification. He is All-Forbearing, Ever-Forgiving. (Surat al-Isra': 44)


It requires a great deal of energy to fly. However, birds are small creatures and the energy they can store in their bodies is limited. Birds obtain most of the energy they need by means of applying special flying techniques. Gliding in the air without flapping their wings is one of the techniques that they use most. For example, vultures employ a special method based on rising heat waves in order to glide at a convenient altitude. Gliding from one heat wave to another, they can fly over a vast area in a day.

Migratory birds, too, make use of gliding techniques to save energy. Storks, for example, use heat waves to fly during migration. White storks of central Europe migrate to spend winter in Africa and cover a distance of about 7,000 kilometres (4,350 miles). If they were to flap their wings all the way to their destination, they would have to take four breaks during the journey. Yet, white storks complete their journey in three weeks by gliding between the heat waves for 6-7 hours a day and thus saving most of their energy.

Since the sea warms up more slowly than the land, there are no heat waves over the sea. For this reason, migratory birds prefer to migrate over land instead of making long sea journeys. You might have seen flocks of storks that cover the sky at certain times of the year. This is because storks, too, prefer to migrate over land. You may not be aware of the fact that there isn't any warm air over the sea but storks know it very well.

On the other hand, albatrosses, seagulls and other sea birds save energy by using air currents caused by high waves. These sea birds that fly over the waves benefit from the lift force of the air that turns upwards.

As seen in the examples given here, all birds are cognisant of which techniques they will use, where they will go and which route they will take. No confusion arises for those that fly by using warm air currents and those that fly by using air currents caused by the waves. This is because Allah inspires every creature with the knowledge it needs. In the Qur'an, Allah points out birds' movements in the air and states:

Do you not see that everyone in the heavens and earth glorifies Allah, as do the birds with their outspread wings? Each one knows its prayer and glorification. Allah knows what they do. (Surat an-Nur: 41)

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