Their appearances are almost as strange as their behaviors. From the most colorful bird in the world to the most dangerous, these are the 20 craziest, most interesting and unbelievable birds alive in the world.
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20. Number 20 is the Sage grouse. This animal is becoming a nearly threatened species, and one of the reasons for this is probably that it itself looks like it is made of over easy eggs. The sage grouse is one freaky looking bird that can be found in the brushy regions United States and Canada.
19. Definitely one of the most villainous looking birds, the shoebill is also one of the largest on the list. Its name is derived from.. you guessed it, its shoe-shaped bill, but this type of stork is also sometimes referred to as the whalehead. This large bird, which can grow to be over 4 feet in height, is found in central Africa. Its scientific name is Baleaniceps rex.
18. looks like a cheeto puff. This bird is known as the Andean cock of the rock . Its odd shapes and colors make it an unbelievable sight, as well as its ever-perfect hair style. This bird can grow to be about 12 inches in length from head to tail and is found in many areas around the South American continent.
17. The White peacock- Like some other animal breeds of pure white, the white peacock is not an albino, but a subspecies of the blue peacock caused by a genetic mutation.
16. The motmots bird is beautifully colorful and has a unique tail that separates into two racket-like tips. Researchers have many ideas about the reason for this tail, and one noteworthy behavior that has been observed is that when the motmots detects a predator, it often wags its tail to reveal an otherwise hidden bird in an attempt to detract the predator from itself. It is found primarily in Middle America and has a wide variety in its diet, including fruit, insects, lizards and even poison dart frogs.
15. These birds are instantly recognizable due to their bright blue feet, which usually match their beaks. The blue feet are a sexually selected trait, and the male will perform a mating ritual for the females, which includes lifting their feet up and down, before strutting towards them to get to business. The blue-footed boobies are one of the many strange breeds of bird that flourishes in the Gallapagos Islands and can also be found along the coasts stretching from California to Peru.
14. It is obvious where the rhinoceros hornbill gets its name from. This bird can be found in various parts of Asia and is the national bird of Malaysia. While it is considered holy to some, it still faces many threats, including habitat destruction and poaching for their meat, feathers or horns. The rhinoceros hornbill can grow up to four feet in length and live for up to 90 years.
13. Number 13 is a master at camouflage and can be a little hard to spot. The potoo can barely be seen as it stiffens up against a tree’s bark. These birds are nocturnal that feed off insects at night and spend their days camouflaged. They can grow to be approximately 8 inches in length and have very distinctive features, including their large yellow eyes. There are various species of potoos, which range in the forests from Mexico to Peru.
12. The inca tern is uniquely distinctive from its bright orange beak and feet, and large curly mustache. It is a large seabird, which can grow to approximately 16 inches in height, and is found along the South American coast.
11. WIlson’s bird of paradise
This bird is easily recognizable by its uncommon curly tail and distinctive color patterns. The first footage of this bird was captured in 1996 by a filmographer who dropped leaves along the forest floor, which irritated the bird and caused it to come down and pick them up. It is a small bird, which can grow to up to 8 inches in length, and is found primarily in Indonesia.
10. The King of Saxony bird-of-paradise is found mostly in New Guinea. The most astonishing thing about this bird is its brow plumes, which are the long, thin, scalloped feathers than extend from its head past its body. To put them in perspective, the bird’s body is only about 9 inches, while these plumes can reach over 20 inches in length and can be moved at the birds will. Its aqua gape, which is the inside of a bird’s mouth, is also an incredible feature of this bird-of-paradise.
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