Filtering out the birds as weird is something that can vary from person to person based on their perception. The main factor that was used in categorizing the birds as weird was just by its look. Some of them are funny that attracted even the cartoon artists, and some of them have weird shapes on their head or body resembling a genetic mutation. Further, the birds are one of the most beautiful creations by mother nature. But, out of all the bird species keeping an account at 10,000 species across the globe. We have come up with the 10 weirdest looking birds in the world, which can make you think twice about their figures.
10. Luzon Bleeding-Heart
If you would like to see a bird ironically hurt on its heart and bleeding, then you can choose to view the Luzon bleeding-heart bird with your own eyes. As the name says, the bird consists of a red marking right in front of the heart, resembling exactly like “blood” being flown off due to bruise. But, just don’t panic! The Luzon bleeding-heart bird is fine. Being said that it falls under the category of a dove, the majority population is endemic to the island of Luzon in the Philippines. Further, as the dove population is considered one of the highest in the world, the Luzon bleeding-heart birds fall under the list of Near-threatened species by the IUCN. Further, protective measures and projects have been already initialized in Australia.
9. Shoebill Stork
Shoebill stork is a peculiar bird residing majorly in parts of tropical east Africa from Sudan to Zambia. Also recognized as “whalehead”, the bird is categorized under the storks as they consist of long legs, long necks, and long beaks. The length of the bird generally ranges between 110 to 140 cm. Something peculiar to note that the whalehead’s bill is in the form of shoe-shape, which caused the name for the bird. Additionally, the bird’s bill is at a length of about 24 cm making It the third longest after pelicans and large storks.
8. Sri Lanka Frogmouth
Typically, weird and strange when we take in account of the Sri Lanka frogmouth bird species. As the name says, the Sri Lanka frogmouth has a wider mouth, large head and slit-like nostrils like that of a frog. The appearance of a frog-like structure can be well recognized from the front view. Additionally, the bird’s feathers are made of brown in color and plumage pattern helps in camouflaging with the dried leaves. With an average length of about 23 centimeters, the Sri Lanka frogmouth species reside majorly in parts of the Western Ghats of south India and Sri Lanka. Further, to escape from predators, the bird tends to stand still for a very long time by moving its head slowly.
7. Long-wattled Umbrellabird
You would probably imagine if there are really birds having umbrella-like structure hanging just below from their head portions. Long-wattled umbrellabird is one to have such a figure. Further, the bird is also recognized as “Vaca de Monte” and “Pájaro Bolsón”. Now, the umbrella-like structure supposedly referred to as the wattle hanging from the throat regions. Additionally, they have the capabilities to control the wattle during the flight. Major portions of the bird species are found in the southwestern part of Colombia and some portions of Ecuador. In terms of color, the feathers distributed all over the body are basically black including the wattle.
6. Andean cock-of-the-rock
Andean cock-of-the-rock, just by the name seems weird, isn’t it? Not just weird in terms of name, but as well in terms of looks. Seeing the bird for the first time may confuse you on how even the beak is missing. Andean cock-of-the-rock, also recognized as “tunki”, reside majorly in parts of South American Andean cloud forests. It seems weird due to a physically modified disc-like structure just along the upper portion of the head. Sometimes, the view for this bird can range from person to person, as sometimes they can even tend to be great in terms of color contrast. The male tunki birds generally tend to showcase their beauty with vibrate coloration on their wings.
5. Rhinoceros Hornbill
As the name says, the rhinoceros hornbill consists of a horn like structure resembling same as the horns of rhinoceros. At first glance, you may wonder if the bird is genetically mutated. But, they are not being the genuine answer. The hornbill birds reside majorly in rainforests of Sumatra, Java, Malay Peninsula and some region of Thailand. The horn along the head is measured up to a length of 90 centimeters. The color of the hornbill in most of the times like that of the bird’s beak. Further, the color can range between vibrant orange and red.
4. Roseate Spoonbill
Have you ever seen a bird having beak resembling like a spoon? Here you go with the roseate spoonbill. The roseate spoonbill consists of bizarre beak the protrudes longer than the normal to blend like a spoon mounted in the front. It resides basically in parts of South America, Central America, Coasts of the United States and Mexico. You may find pretty much interesting to see from distance, but can be very weird from close-by. The coloration of the bird’s body can range between pale pink and magenta. Further, the color of the spoonbill’s body depends on the age and location. The spoonbill birds are much dependent on consuming small animals like frog, aquatic insects, and tiny fishes. It becomes easier for them to screen and refine having facilitated with a spoon-like structure on their beak.
3. Frigate Bird
Frigate bird is very strange, due to a heavily bulged protruding gular pouch along its throat regions. Considering as one primary weapon to attract the female, though seems weird for humans. Also recognized as “frigate-petrel”, the bird is one among the fastest birds in the world. There are five frigate bird species in total, out of which two are endangered, the Christmas Island and Ascension Island frigatebirds. Further, the size of the gular pouch among male frigate birds vary from bird to bird in terms of size. Additionally, the idea behind having the pouches are mainly for the courtships. While they are on air flying high, they are hardly seen to flap their wings. Generally, the frigate birds travel on air with completely effortless.
Just imagine that the Dodo bird is funny enough to grab the attention of cartoon artists across the globe. However, unfortunate to the fact that the bird is extinct and no more for us to see. The Dodo bird was endemic to the islands of Mauritius, east of Madagascar in the Indian Ocean. Further, it was a flightless bird and was heavy in terms of weight at 15 kg on an average. Probably, there couldn’t be anyone currently living on this planet to have seen them live, since the bird was accounted to extinct even before the 17th century. People across the globe have seen the bird just on drawings, paintings, and arts. With the prediction of paintings and fossils from the 17th century, the plumages have been accounted to be greyish and blue in color with huge beaks.
1. California Condor
California condor from distance seems like a nice-looking bird mounted with a completely weird head. The bird’s head is the most highlighting portion while considering the parameter for being as the weirdest bird in the world. The California condor is considered the largest living land bird in North America. While focusing much on the appearances, the bird consists of features all over its body just apart from the head. Further, the condors are basically scavengers and are listed under IUCN as critically endangered. In terms of color, the ranging could be between gray and black, with red colored eyes.