Have they not seen the birds obedient in mid-air? None holdeth them save Allah. Lo! herein, verily, are portents for a people who believe. [16:79]
Birds gliding and the control through the feathers of its wings, is mentioned in the following verse:
Do they not see the birds above them, spreading out their wings and folding them in [Yaqbedn]? None upholds them except the Most Gracious (Allâh). Verily, He is the All-Seer of everything. (67:19)
Knowing that birds never collect its wings together while flying, otherwise it will fall, it beats up and down, but the collection and folding in is meant for its feathers only.
Quoted from Wikipedia – Hoopoe:
Hoopoes make seasonal movements in response to rain in some regions such as in Ceylon and in the Western Ghats. Birds have been seen at high altitudes during migration across the Himalayas and were recorded at about 6400 m by the first Mount Everest Expedition.
Diet and feeding
The diet of the Hoopoe is mostly composed of insects, although small reptiles and frogs as well as some plant matter such as seeds and berries are sometimes taken as well. It is a solitary forager which typically feeds on the ground. More rarely they will feed in the air, in pursuit of numerous swarming insects, where their strong and rounded wings make them fast and maneuverable. More commonly their foraging style is to stride on relatively open ground and periodically pause to probe the ground with the full length of their bill. Insect larvae, pupae and mole crickets are detected by the bill and either extracted or dug out with the strong feet. In addition to feeding in soil Hoopoes will feed on insects on the surface, as well as probing into piles of leaves and even using the bill to lever large stones and flake off bark. Common diet items include crickets, locusts, beetles, earwigs, cicadas, ant lions, bugs and ants. These can range from 10 to 150 mm in length, with the preferred size of prey being around 20–30 mm. Larger prey items are beaten against the ground or a preferred stone in order to kill them and remove indigestible body parts such as wings and legs. 
In the above explanation, the Hoopoe can fly large distances on very high altitudes as it can cross the Himalayas, also it eats what is hidden or buried in ground or flying speedy insects or hidden ones into piles of leaves.
Now, let’s read the following miraculous verses about the Hoopoe and King Solomon story:
He (Solomon) inspected the birds, and said: "What is the matter that I see not the hoopoe? Or is he among the absentees? (20) "I will surely punish him with a severe torment, or slaughter him, unless he brings me a clear reason." (21) But the hoopoe stayed not long, he (came up and) said: "I have grasped (the knowledge of a thing) which you have not grasped and I have come to you from Saba' (Sheba) with true news. (22) "I found a woman ruling over them", she has been given all things that could be possessed by any ruler of the earth, and she has a great throne. (23) "I found her and her people worshipping the sun instead of Allâh, and Shaitân (Satan) has made their deeds fair-seeming to them, and has barred them from (Allâh's) Way, so they have no guidance," (24) [As Shaitân (Satan) has barred them from Allâh's Way] so they do not worship (prostrate themselves before) Allâh, Who brings to light what is hidden in the heavens and the earth, and knows what you conceal and what you reveal. [27:18-25]
These verses confirm the following with the scientific facts mentioned above:
- This bird was able to travel long distances such as from Palestine, the land of king Solomon, to Yemen, the land of the queen of Saba’a.
- The bird was able to see the people of Yemen worshiping the Sun and noticed the great throne of their queen, and this shows that it has excellent sight.
- Finally, the bird appraised ALLAH for the hidden things that he created whether in Earth or heaven (sky, high altitude), and this clear indication for Hoopoe’s food that is hidden whether in ground or in leaves in high trees, as if thanking ALLAH for his food, and named these few millimeters creatures that he eats as hidden things !!
Common Ravens have been observed to manipulate others into doing work for them, such as by calling wolves and coyotes to the site of dead animals. The canines open the carcass, making it more accessible to the birds. They watch where other Common Ravens bury their food and remember the locations of each other's food caches, so they can steal from them. This type of theft occurs so regularly that Common Ravens will fly extra distances from a food source to find better hiding places for food. They have also been observed pretending to make a cache without actually depositing the food, presumably to confuse onlookers. 
Quran mentions the story of Adam’s son, who killed his brother and carried his body till ALLAH showed him a Raven burying something in Earth, to teach him how to bury his brother body, which was the first human to be killed and died on Earth ever. This story is mentioned in the following verse:
Then Allah sent a raven, who scratched the ground, to show him how to hide the shame of his brother. "Woe is me!" said he: "Was I not even, able to be as this raven and to hide the shame of my brother?" Then he became full of regrets.― (5:31)
The ability to hide and bury something in Earth is scientifically correct and matches the verses mentioned above, and below a real story with images to a Raven burying a golf ball:
Quoted from: Mark Young’s Birding Blog, Thieving Raven
A nearby Australian Raven had a golf ball in its mouth. Intrigued I started to photograph it and wondered what the bird was going to do with the ball. It was obvious it had picked up the ball from the nearby golf course. I imagine there was a golfer up there somewhere cursing the Raven for having stolen his ball.
Bachelor males either live alone or with groups of other bachelors until they are old enough to challenge a breeding stallion. When attacked by packs of hyenas or wild dogs a zebra group will huddle together with the foals in the middle while the stallion tries to ward them off. 
Then what is the matter with them that they turn away from admonition? (49) As if they were alerted asses, (50) Fleeing from a lion! (51)
These verses give an example of the infidels when they turn (or even run) away from hearing about Islam or hearing the prophet calling them to Islam, as wild assess (i.e. Zebras), alerted and running away from a lion, which matches perfectly with the scientific fact that they are alerted by one of them to run all !!
The miracle of this sign that these animals exist in African Jungles or savannas, far away from Arabia, how come that it’s mentioned in Quran and who knows that they are alerted to run away all ?!
Except that ALLAH who created everything knows that and he wrote it in his holy book, the Quran.
Whale fall is the term used for a whale carcass that has fallen to the ocean floor. Whale falls were first observed in the 1980s, with the advent of deep-sea robotic exploration.
A whale fall was first observed by marine biologists led by University of Hawaii oceanographer Craig Smith in 1987, discovered accidentally by the submersible Alvin using scanning sonar at 1,240 m (4,070 ft) in Santa Catalina, California Basin. Whale falls have since been found by other scientists, and by military submarines. They can be found by using side-scan sonar to examine the ocean floor for large aggregations of matter. 
ALLAH mentions the story of Prophet Jonah who was thrown into the sea and being swallowed by a great whale:
Then the fish (Whale) swallowed him while he was reproaching his own self. (142) Had he not been of those who proclaim Allah’s purity, (143) He would have definitely lived in its belly till the day when the dead will be raised. (37:142-144)
ALLAH explains that if Jonah were not who prays to ALLAH a lot, he might not be saved and left in the whale till Resurrection Day, what does this mean?
When a whale is died there are 3 assumptions about his remains, whether:
- It will flow on the sea surface and could be caught, and Jonah’s body will be discovered.
- It will rest on sea shore and also it will be caught.
- Or it will sink on sea floor thousands of meters below surface and never been discovered.
The verses refer to the last option that it will never be discovered, this means that whale’s body will never be caught as it will fall on sea surface which is scientifically correct and Whales fall when they die.
Quoted from Wikipedia – Ants:
An ant's head contains many sensory organs. Like most insects, ants have compound eyes made from numerous tiny lenses attached together. Ants' eyes are good for acute movement detection but do not give a high resolution. They also have three small ocelli (simple eyes) on the top of the head that detect light levels and polarization. Compared to vertebrates, most ants have poor-to-mediocre eyesight and a few subterranean species are completely blind. Some ants such as Australia's bulldog ant, however, have exceptional vision. Two antennae ("feelers") are attached to the head; these organs detect chemicals, air currents and vibrations; they are also used to transmit and receive signals through touch. The head has two strong jaws, the mandibles, used to carry food, manipulate objects, construct nests, and for defense. In some species a small pocket (infrabuccal chamber) inside the mouth stores food, so it can be passed to other ants or their larvae.
Some ants produce sounds by stridulation, using the gaster segments and their mandibles. Sounds may be used to communicate with colony members or with other species.
Quoted from Wikipedia – Ant Colony:
An ant colony is an underground lair where ants live, eat and mate. Colonies consist of a series of underground chambers, connected to each other and the surface of the earth by small tunnels. There are rooms for nurseries, food storage, and mating. The colony is built and maintained by legions of worker ants, who carry tiny bits of dirt in their mandibles and deposit them near the exit of the colony, forming an ant-hill. Food carried in by workers is retrieved from the surrounding environment and can be traced from colony to colony by the use of isotopes. 
- First, although Ants do not exist apparently in a valley, but the verse mentioned the valley of the Ant, but the valley here is not a natural valley but what is named technically “Ants Colony” that exist all underground.
- Second, The Ant heard the army of Solomon coming even before it reached their valley, which means that it heard the sound vibration of the coming army through air currents.
- Third, the Ant talked to other ants and warned them to enter their houses that exit inside their colony (or valley), and this matches that Ants produce sounds and can alert their groups too, and have houses inside their valley (i.e. colony).
Quoted from Wikipedia: Honey - In medicine
- White Color is from Clovers and Alfalfas
- Very Light Amber Color is from Wildflowers
- Light Amber Color is from Orange Blossoms
- Plain Amber Color is from Buckwheats, Tupelos and Others.
- That ALLAH inspired the bees to take homes in the mountains (i.e. caves), trees, and what they erect (i.e. walls), which matches with the 3 natural hives for bees listed above.
- The order for bees to eat from all Fruits, and this refer to flowers nectar without no limitation.
- According to verse grammar, all the bees that generate honey are the female bees as ALLAH saying their bellies to females (boutouneha).
- The honey generated by bees comes from their bellies particularly as shown in the above image (Bee-Anatomy).
- The honey colors have many various colors, as explained it depends on the type of flower.
- The honey generated by bees has a healing feature which totally correct and similar to what explained above.
- “Following the ways of your Lord”, it may have explanation for Bees’ navigation, but I couldn’t find a match for it yet, as Scientist are still studying this skill for Bees, and didn’t reach a solid conclusion yet.
Finally, as ALLAH says in the end of the verse: “Verily, in this is indeed a sign for people who think.”
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