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17 Of The Weirdest Bird Beaks Found In Nature  

Nathan Gibson
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One of the most distinctive parts of a bird is its beak and, man, some strange bird beaks exist in the world's skies. Each species rocks their own weird bird beak distinct from any other, the result of millions of years of evolution carefully crafted into impressive appendages suitable for numerous environments and niches. They effectively act as a bird’s main tool, quite amazing considering you only use your mouth for eating, breathing, and talking. Birds however, with their strange, specific bodies, use their beaks for fighting, grooming, nest building, killing prey, and even for courtship rituals. Talk about bang for your beak.

Because birds have adapted to nearly every biome imaginable, strange bird beaks come in all manner of unusual shapes and sizes based on their area, diet, and lifestyle. While some birds sport vibrant beaks that match their colorful selves, other scary bird beaks give their owners the face of a cartoon villain. Some beaks even out-measure the bird in terms of length! With their wide range of designs, weird bird beaks only further demonstrate mother nature's wandering aesthetic eye.

Shoebill is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 17 Of The Weirdest Bird Beaks Found In Nature
Photo:  frank wouters/Wikimedia Commons/CC BY 2.0

The shoebill also known as whalehead or shoe-billed stork, is a very large stork-like bird. It derives its name from its massive shoe-shaped bill. Although it has a somewhat stork-like overall form and has previously been classified in the order Ciconiiformes, its true affiliations with other living birds is ambiguous. Some authorities now reclassify it with the Pelecaniformes. The adult is mainly grey while the juveniles are browner. It lives in tropical east Africa in large swamps from Sudan to Zambia. ...more on Wikipedia

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The Oriental Pied Hornbill Has A Reinforced Beak For Fighting
Oriental Pied-hornbill is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 17 Of The Weirdest Bird Beaks Found In Nature
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The oriental pied hornbill is a species of hornbill in the Bucerotidae family. It is found in the Indian Subcontinent and Southeast Asia, ranging across Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Singapore, Thailand, Tibet, and Vietnam. Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests. The oriental pied hornbill's diet includes wild fruit and other fruit such as rambutans, along with larger insects and small reptiles such as lizards and frogs. ...more on Wikipedia

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Rhinoceros Hornbill is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 17 Of The Weirdest Bird Beaks Found In Nature
Photo:  David Berkowitz/Wikimedia Commons/CC BY 2.0

The rhinoceros hornbill is one of the largest hornbills, adults being approximately the size of a swan, 91–122 cm long and weighing 2–3 kg. In captivity it can live for up to 90 years. It is found in lowland and montane, tropical and subtropical climates and in mountain rain forests up to 1,400 metres altitude in Borneo, Sumatra, Java, the Malay Peninsula, Singapore, and southern Thailand. The rhinoceros hornbill is the state bird of the Malaysian state of Sarawak and the country's National Bird. Some Dayak people, especially the Ibanic groups, believe it to be the chief of worldly birds or the supreme worldly bird, and its statue is used to welcome the god of the augural birds, Sengalang ...more on Wikipedia

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The Sword-Billed Hummingbird Has A Beak That Is Longer Than Its Body
Sword-billed Hummingbird is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 17 Of The Weirdest Bird Beaks Found In Nature
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The sword-billed hummingbird is a species of hummingbird from South America and the sole member of the genus Ensifera. It is found in the higher elevations in Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela. ...more on Wikipedia

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