5 Weird Birds

Posted on November 29, 2009
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With a world full of flight taking creatures there are bound to be some that are out of the ordinary. There are birds that are deemed beautiful by avid bird watchers, because of the way they take flight or their plumage and then there are birds we catch and raise in captivity that can be deemed just as beautiful. From parakeets to cockatoos and even macaws these birds are all raised in captivity and beautiful. There are also birds that can be deemed as the weirder bunch of birds.

1. Resplendent Quetzal

This bird is found in the Mexico and western Panama regions. This bird is only fourteen inches long and an added twenty five inches for the tail when they are male. They only weigh about seven ounces. They have what looks to be a puff ball on their heads and they come in a variety of colors.

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2. Helmeted Hornbill

This particular bird is found in the Malay Peninsula, Borneo, and Sumatra region. The feathers of this bird are mainly black. The only other color feathers are white and they are located on the belly and tail of the bird. They generally have a bare and wrinkled throat patch that is red in the males and blue in the females. The head of this bird makes up for ten percent of the 5.9 to 6.8 pounds of the weight.

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3. Hoopoe

This bird can be found in Afro-Eurasia. It is mostly recognized because of its distinct crown of feathers. This light weight bird, weighing 1.6 to 3.1 oz., has a bill that can remain open as they are probing the ground searching for food. Its wingspan is broad and rounded, much like the wings of a butterfly, which allows it to have one of the more stronger flight take offs than any other bird.

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4. Hoatzin

Found mainly throughout the swamps of the Amazon rainforest and Orinoco Delta of South America, these pheasant sized, brown feathered birds have lighter colored under feathers with blue faces, maroon colored eyes and spiky feathers crowning its head. These birds have a long neck with very small heads. There chicks are born with claws on two of their wing’s appendages. They have an odor to them that smells similar to manure, which gives them their nickname of “stinkbird.”

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5. Sri Lanka Frogmouth

Living within Southwest India and Sri Lanka, these birds are nocturnal creatures. It lives in a dense tropical forest. The color of the plumage depends on the whether it is male or female. The females are reddish with white spots lightly scattered throughout the body. The males are grey and have a denser splatter of white spots.

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These birds are just some of the weirder birds out in the wild. But, there are many more out there and if you are a bird watcher you may be able to spot some on the way to work. There are some birds that are considered weird because of their facial features or because of the way their feathers are throughout their bodies, but some birds are considered weird because of their coloring, which to some bird watchers can be more beautiful than weird.

Written by Harmony Stalter – Copyrighted © www.weirdworm.com

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