10 Most Unique Birds in the World!
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When we think about birds, we pretty much have a clear idea of what these animals look like. They have feathers, they fly (well, most of them do), they build nests and they have beaks. Some of them are very similar to each other, but some others are really outstanding. Whether it’s that they have colorful plumage or long and extravagant beaks, some birds are just so beautiful that we had to make a video to honor them all. Today we’ll be looking at “10 of the most unique birds in the world.” Check out all of these birds and get ready to see one of the most unique flying animals in the world as you make it to the top of my list. You might find some surprising birds that you had not seen in your life before. Let’s check them out!
Just look at this bird! It looks like it just came out of a hairdressing appointment! Its name is the Long-Wattled Umbrellabird and is an exotic bird that you can mostly find in some of the humid forests from the southwestern part of Colombia all the way down to a province in Ecuador called El Oro. Their name, "long-wattled", comes from the wattle of feathers along their long throats that is very evident on males, while a bit shorter on females. This wattle hangs down 42 centimeters from the center of their chest and it inflates during courtship rituals. But what's even more interesting is the fact that they can control this feature and retract it during their flight. They are frugivorous, which means that they love to eat fruits, mostly from plants that you and I would never try - like Laurels. I mean, who eats fruits from Laurels?
How many flightless birds can you name? I can think of a few, and here's another one to add to the list. Even though it doesn't seem like it, the Kakapo is a ground dwelling flightless bird, currently in danger of extinction due to the fact that we only have 125 of them left in the world! Part of that is because of the colonization of New Zealand, which is the country where these birds are from. However, before we go on, blaming it all on humans, let me also point out that these birds only mate around 3 times per decade! So that also explains the small size of their population. Luckily, each of these birds has been properly identified and there's a special program established in New Zealand called Kakapo Recovery Programme, in which they can track each Kakapo and find ways to help their population grow and remain with us! In order to keep them safe from predators, the Kakapo are kept on the safe islands of Anchor and Codfish, and there's also a small group of them in an island called Little Barrier. After all, it seems like they're in good hands, and we hope it stays that way.
Vultures are usually the kind of bird that no one is really interested in. When you see them depicted in movies or in other media, they're the kind of bird that's just waiting for a poor helpless animal to die so they can eat it. However, if you look at the King Vulture, the case might be a bit different. While they're also birds of prey, just like all the other vultures, these ones have a very unique appearance that makes them stand out among their other relatives. Most of their feathers are white, with some gray and black along their tail. But the most impressive thing about them is their colorful head, that can be anything between blue, purple, red, orange and yellow. They are "New World Birds", which means they are native to the American continent, so you can find them in the tropical lowlands of Central and South America. You can see that they played an important role in ancient civilizations of the area as they are one of the most depicted birds in the Maya codices, which are writings that date back to the time when the Spaniards had not colonized the lands yet.
Temminck's Tragopan is a medium-sized bird, part of the pheasants, and native to the Himalayan region. The female is a beautiful brown bird with white spots all over its body and blue circular eye skin. But the most outstanding one is the male species