Weird Nature The Most Interesting Birds on Earth  

Katherine Ripley
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List Rules Vote up the birds more surprising than being pooped on by one.

Birds are amazing animals. They've adapted to live in environments throughout the world. They're an extremely diverse group. Most fly, but many don't. Some are herbivores and some are carnivores. Some are shy and some are fearless. This list is full of the coolest birds on earth, from the fierce to the beautiful to the bizarre.

All of these cool bird species have a special talent or distinguishing feature that makes them unique whether that's reaching speeds of 200 miles per hour or migrating more than 40,000 miles per year. Explore the world of interesting birds, and vote for the bird you think is the greatest.
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Ribbon Tailed Astrapia


Ribbon-tailed Astrapia is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Interesting Birds on Earth
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The ribbon tailed astrapia has the largest tail-length-to-body ratio of any bird. The bird's body is usually about one foot long, while the tail feathers are three feet long. Its body looks a bit like the body of a peacock. The long tail is only found in the male bird.
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Philippine Eagle


Philippine Eagle is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Interesting Birds on Earth
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This is the world's longest flying bird — about three feet from beak to tail. It's so huge that it eats monkeys.
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Kiwi


Kiwi is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Interesting Birds on Earth
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The flightless kiwi is part of the family that includes ostriches and emus, despite the fact that it's only the size of a chicken. The kiwi has the largest egg to body size ratio of any bird — it lays an egg that is roughly 6 times the size of a chicken egg. A male and female kiwi will remain mates for about 20 years, and the male is usually the one who incubates the eggs.
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Kakapo


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The kakapo is the only flightless parrot in the world, and it's also nocturnal, which is extremely uncommon for parrots. It's critically endangered because of predators introduced to its home (New Zealand), and because it only mates about three times a decade, when the fruit of the rimu tree is abundant.

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