Weird Nature The Most Interesting Birds on Earth  

Katherine Ripley
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List Rules Vote up the birds that blow your mind the most and you can't believe you didn't know about before.

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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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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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. see more on Philippine Eagle

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The King of Saxony bird of paradise has magnificent head feathers that can grow up to twice its body length. The head feathers can be 50 cm long, while the bird itself is only about 22cm long. see more on King of Saxony Bird of Paradise
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Ribbon Tailed Astrapia


Ribbon-tailed Astrapia is listed (or ranked) 4 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.