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The Most Interesting Birds on Earth

Updated September 23, 2021 7.4k votes 1.4k voters 52.7k views24 items

List RulesVote 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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    The golden pheasant is native to western China, and it looks like it came straight out of a Chinese cultural museum, with its orange and blue fan-like cape, and its golden crest, and its bright red body. These birds are often hunted for sport or food.
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    The peregrine falcon is the world's fastest animal. It can reach speeds of 200 miles per hour by soaring to immense heights, and then tucking in its wings and plummeting to earth like a torpedo. No other creature is more aerodynamic.
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    Kea

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    The kea is the world's only truly alpine parrot, but that's not why they're famous. They're notorious pests because they will try eating literally anything. They're well-known for trying to eat cars, and not being discouraged easily.
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    Sri Lanka Frogmouth

    The Sri Lanka frogmouth is very appropriately named. It has a large, wide mouth just like a frog. It only reaches about nine inches long, and uses its wide mouth to hunt insects at night.
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