If you’re a fan of beautiful things, you’re going to love these exotic birds! Some of these birds are dripping with color and love to show them off. Even birds that many not be as pretty as the rest are remarkable in their sheer size. Are you familiar with all these exotic birds? Maybe you’ve seen some of them in your backyard? If so, consider yourself lucky. Check out these 25 Incredible Exotic Birds That Will Blow Your Mind.
Known for it’s striking crest, the royal flycatcher is a remarkable little bird. Males have a vivid scarlet crest, while females have a yellow crest that is ornately decorated with black and steel blue tips. The flycatcher will display these crests in courtship rituals and also during aggressive encounters.
The Lear's Macaw
Also known as the indigo macaw, this large, all-blue Brazilian parrot has a life-span that can exceed 50 years. Unfortunately, it’s on the endangered species list with a population of only 1,300 adults. Habitat loss, hunting, and the pet trade are to blame for the birds endangerment. Luckily, conservation groups have been having success in protecting the birds and increasing their population.
Malabar Pied Hornbill
Distributed through India and Sri Lanka, the Malabar pied hornbill is easily recognizable thanks to it’s rather large and odd looking horn. Tribal people in India believed that hanging a skull from this bird’s horn would make them wealthy. Though the population of these incredible birds has not been quantified, it’s believed that they are a “near threatened” species.
The Atlantic Puffin
Also known as the “clown of the ocean,” this is the only member of the puffin species to inhabit the Atlantic. The Atlantic Puffin lives most of its life out at sea where it rests on waves when is not flying. However, they return to land during spring and summer to form breeding colonies. The puffin is also a surprisingly adept flyer able that can reach speeds of up to 55 miles an hour (88.5 kph).
King of Saxony Bird-of-Paradise
You’ve probably never seen or heard a bird quite like the King of Saxony. For starters, its horns are so crazy that when this bird was first imported to Europe, people thought the horns were fake. Then there’s its mating call and territorial display. It’s sound is hard to fully describe. It’s like a choir of machine ruckus with dubstep music and chainsaw revving all mixed in with an occasional bird chirp for good measure.
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