STRANGEST Birds On Earth!
Date: 2019-09-12 12:15:01
The world’s most interesting birds! From the exotic flyers of South America to the grounded oddities of New Zealand and beyond.
Native to New Zealand, this odd, bristle-feathered bird is the smallest of the ratites, a family of flightless birds that also includes ostriches, emus, and cassowaries. This adorable critter seems to be somewhere between a rodent and a bird with its small stature, coarse feathering, and even whiskers to assist with its poor sight. Five different species of kiwi exist, all of which face threats from invasive predators, but all remain under close protection in reserves and national parks across the island nation.
#11 Magnificent Frigatebird
With its prominent, ruby red throat pouch, the magnificent frigatebird is a peculiar creature that stands out from other coastal birds that roam its home territory of Central and South America. The scarlet, balloon like protrusions are only found on males of the species and this sac plays an instrumental role in attracting mates during breeding seasons. These frigatebirds are dimorphic in gender, meaning females look very different from their male counterparts. Whereas the black and red individuals are male, female magnificent frigatebirds are white and brown with a blue tinge to their beaks and eyes. Once paired, these odd couples take turns incubating their egg until it hatches, at which point the father bird will take his crimson gullet back to the dating pool!
#10 Sri Lanka Frogmouth
Frogmouth birds are just as unusual as their names suggest. Their beaks are wide and short, as opposed to narrow and long like most birds. Their eyes face forward to give them a widespread, binocular vision and these birds have slit-like nostrils. The majority of birds have an eye on either side of their head with small circular nostrils. The Sri Lanka Frogmouth in particular has small wings hidden against its brown, grey, or red plumage. But these curious traits come in handy when it comes time to hide. Slowly tilting its head upward and away, this type of bird can instantaneously camouflage in its treetop habitat, becoming the spitting image of a gnarled, broken branch. Individuals establish a single roost that they favor and continuously perch here for months, letting out unique calls throughout the south Indian and Sri Lankan wilderness every dusk and dawn.