From strangest bone-eating birds of prey, to beautiful colorful birds honored by the gods, here are 12 of the most strangest and rarest birds in the world…
12. Bone-Eating Bearded Vulture
The bearded vulture, otherwise called lammergeyeror ossifrage, is a pretty severe bird.
It is a bird of prey and is known for its unusual habit of dropping bones or freshly killed corpses on top of rocks from a height of up to 100 meters to shatter the bones so they can eat the marrow inside.
The bearded vulture dyes its feathers blood red with soil or water that contains iron oxide deposits, giving it the reputation of the most feared birds in the animal kingdom.
11. Ribbon Tailed Astrapia
There are approximately 42 species of Bird of Paradise, but the most remarkable is called the “Ribbon-Tailed Astrapia”.
This stunning bird is distributed in central highlands of Papua New Guinea, they can grow to just over up to 32 cm long excluding his tail, which is approximately 3 feet long.
The body are velvet black and have an iridescent olive green and bronze color plumage.
10. Andean Cock-Of-The-Rock
Andean Cock-Of-The-Rock also known as tunki, always with its bright plumage and the puffy rounded crest of males.
It’s no surprise that the Andean Cock Of The Rock has become bird of the cloud forests of the Andes Mountains and it is the national bird of Peru where it is found.
The brilliant red-orange coloration covers its head and chest, while they have a black and white wings.
The Kakapo is also critically endangered species of nocturnal, lives on the ground and cannot fly found only in New Zealand.
Also known as the Owl Parrot, these birds has strong legs that make it an excellent hiker and climber.
The Kakapo freeze and hope to blend into the background when danger is near.
8. Shoebill Stork
Shoebill stork also called whalehead, can be found in countries like South Sudan and Uganda and across the marshes of tropical East Africa.
Shoebill stork grow 4 to 5 feet tall, have bluish-gray plumage and golden eyes with an 8-plus-foot wingspan.
7. Vulturine Guineafowl
This awesome looking bird is the Vulturine Guineafowl, the largest and most colourful of any of the guinea fowl species.
It can be found in northeast Africa in countries like Ethiopia, Kenya, and Tanzania. Where they feed on fallen fruit, seeds, and small invertebrates.
About 60 to 72 cm (23 to 28 inches) long, the typical form has a bare blue face, brown eyes, longer wings, black white-spotted body plumage, and breast color is cobalt blue.
6. Resplendent Quetzal
The resplendent Quetzal known as the Rare Jewel Bird of the World by people native to central America, where this lovely bird is found.
Many consider it the most Attractive bird in the world due to the male Quetzal’s upper tail covert feathers and richly colorful.
The feathers can grow a train up to 64 cm (25 inches) long and colors range from blue to green to yellow to ultramarine.
5. Golden Pheasant
Golden Pheasants also known as rainbow pheasant, that’s native to the forests of China, are one of the most popular species of pheasant in the world.
Despite being found in forests mountainous regions in the west of the china they have been exported around the world. And some feral populations have now been established across United Kingdom, South America, Canada, and Australasia.
Males have black and orange coloration covers its face, while they have a bright red body and golden-yellow crest.
4. Rufous Potoo
The Rufous Potoo is smaller than other potoos from South America where they live in the rainforests in some scattered areas in Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru, and Brazil.
They can grow to up to 25 cm (10 inches) long, and it has extremely well-camouflaged adaptations of any bird because they looks exactly like a red leaf.
3. Spectacled Eider
Spectacled Eiders (Somateria fischeri) is an unusual species of large sea duck that can be found in the frigid waters of coasts of Alaska and northeastern Siberia.
They grow to be around 52–57 cm (20–22 inches) long and are identifiable by their white backs, black chests, and very strange facial markings with large white “spectacles” patches around its eyes.
Spectacled Eiders are diving species, where they eat mollusks and crustaceans from the ocean, but migrate to inland wetland areas during the spring when it’s time to breed.
Hoatzins, also known as the stinkbird. It can be found in the swamps and mangroves of the Amazon basin and are native to Guyana, where they feed on leaves and fruit.
The hoatzin can grow up to 65 cm (25.6 inches) long and 1.78 pounds (less than 1 kg) of weight. They have beautiful orange crests and a loose head crest, and a baby blue face with bright red eyes.
1. Long-Wattled Umbrellabird
The Long-Wattled Umbrella Birds is a strange creatures, Resident of humid foothill and lowland forests of the Pacific slope of the Andes between Colombia and southern Ecuador.
They grow to be around 20 to 30 cm (8 to 12 inches) long and are identifiable by their large throat wattle of feathers, and feed mainly on palm-nuts, insects and fruit.