10 weirdest birds you won't believe exist


1. The Andean Cock-of-the-rock eats a diet of fruit, supplemented by insects, amphibians, reptiles, and smaller mice. It is distributed all across the cloud forest of the Andes, having a range of around 260,000 km2 (100,000 sq mi). Even though it is being affected by destruction of its habitat, the Andean cock-of-the-rock is not classified as threatened. WIKI


2. The Luzon Bleeding-heart Pigeon is the species in which the "blood" feature is most pronounced, with the reddish hue extending down the belly, furthering the illusion of blood having run down the bird's breast. WIKI


3 . The Magnificent Frigatebird is a large, lightly built seabird with brownish-black plumage, long narrow wings and a deeply forked tail. The male has a striking red gular sac which it inflates to attract a mate. WIKI


4. Superb Bird of Paradise has most bizarre and elaborate courtship displays in the avian world. After carefully and meticulously preparing a "dance floor" (even scrubbing the dirt or branch smooth with leaves), the male first attracts a female with a loud call. After the curious female approaches, his folded black feather cape and blue-green breast shield springs upward and spreads widely and symmetrically around its head, instantly transforming the frontal view of the bird into a spectacular ellipse-shaped creature that rhythmically snaps its tail feathers against each other, similar to how snapping fingers work, whilst hopping in frantic circles around the female. The average female rejects 15-20 potential suitors before consenting to mate. WIKI


5. Hoatzin or alternative name of "stinkbird" is derived from the bird's foul odour, which is caused by the fermentation of food in its digestive system. Hoatzin chicks also possess claws on two of their wing digits. WIKI


6. The signature feature of the Shoebill is its huge, bulbous bill, which is straw-coloured with erratic greyish markings. The shoebill is distributed in freshwater swamps of central tropical Africa, from southern Sudan through parts of eastern Congo, Rwanda, Uganda, western Tanzania and northern Zambia. WIKI


7. The Ribbon-tailed Astrapia is distributed and endemic to subalpine forests in the western part of the central highlands of Papua New Guinea. Like many other ornamental birds-of-paradise, the male is polygamous. The Ribbon-tailed Astrapia is the most recently discovered bird-of-paradise. Due to habitat lost and hunted for its plumes, the Ribbon-tailed Astrapia is listed as Near Threatened on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.[1] It is listed on Appendix II of CITES. WIKI


8. The California Condor became extinct in the wild in 1987 (all remaining wild individuals were captured), but the species has since been saved by a captive breeding program. Individuals have since reintroduced to northern Arizona and southern Utah, USA. WIKI


9. The Helmeted Hornbill's casque (helmet like structure on the head) accounts for some 11% of its 3 kg weight. Unlike any other hornbill, the casque is almost solid and is used in head-to-head combat among males. found on the Malay Peninsula, Sumatra and Borneo. WIKI


10. The Inca Tern can be identified by its dark grey body, white moustache on both sides of its head, and red-orange beak and feet. This uniquely plumaged bird breeds on the coasts of Peru and Chile, and is restricted to the Humboldt Current. WIKI