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The Weirdest And Scariest Bird Beaks

Updated 13 Oct 2018 525 votes 61 voters 1.7k views17 items

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Out of all the animals that call planet Earth their home, birds are perhaps the most unique and diverse. They literally come in thousands of different shapes and sizes, each having evolved to live in certain environments or fill a specific ecological niche. While their colorful feathers and distinctive body shapes are always captivating, it's their beaks that really make them stand out. From the large bill of the toucan to the tiny beak of a parrot, there are many types of weird bird beaks poking around in the world.

A bird’s beak is essentially a uniquely crafted tool used for interacting with the world. While we use our hands for most tasks, birds have to rely on their super precise mouths to get most jobs done. This means that different species have evolved with vastly different bills: some beaks are used for cracking into wood, others for tearing flesh, and a few are even used for courting potential mates. Whatever the case, evolution has led to the development of some truly scary bird beaks. In fact, many are so freakish that they'll make you exceptionally glad humans have mouths instead.

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