Birds are some of the funniest animals, whether they realize it or not. Their actions, looks, even their names make our ribs tingle with laughter. In fact, some birds have pretty ridiculous names! We’ll observe some of the most interesting and exotic birds in the world.
1. The noisy bird (rare)
The rowdy corolla has a bald head, a pointed beak, and a hunchback, resembling the features of a vulture. Unlike vultures, this bird is not a scavenger. Surprisingly, their favorite food is honey!
Also known as the “leatherhead” bird, the noisy friarbird has a characteristic hump on its beak and a completely black head. Their names are a reference to their very loud screams.Plus, their red eyes and famous gray feathers are no different than the 18-year-old’s outfitsday Century town monk.
The rowdy bird is native to southern New Guinea and eastern Australia, where it inhabits open forests and gardens. Since it looks like an avian version of the ghost of Christmas past, the laughs are certainly warranted!
2. Hoatzin (black tailed catfish)
The Hoatzin is a large bird notorious for its foul smell. It goes by many names, including skunkbird, stinkbird, and even reptilebird! Regardless of its name, this species is a great example of an evolved sense of humor.
Hoatzins are herbivores and the only birds that regurgitate their cud, just like cows and other bovids. They like to lie down and chew their cud like cows. Because of this way of digestion, they emit an unpleasant smell similar to cow dung. Hoatzins are poor flyers but are excellent swimmers. In case of danger from the air or land, they will jump into the nearest body of water to escape. If there is a cross between a bird, a cow and a fish, hoatzin is the result.
Hoatzins are colorful birds with blue faces, long tails, brown and yellow plumage, pointy crests, and shiny red eyes. Their chicks have claws on both wing fingers for climbing. Hoatzins are also the last extant species of their prehistoric order Opisthocomiformes, whose other species became extinct 50 million years ago. They can be found in the Amazon and Orinoco basins of South America.
3. Red-rumped Bush Tyrant (Red nematode)
The red-rumped shrub tyrant makes this list only for its comical name. This species belongs to a group of perching birds called tyrannosaurs, so named because some of its species were aggressive. Many of them don’t like strangers wandering too close to their nests. This territorial behavior causes them to drive away larger birds. The word “tyrant” comes from Latin and means “unjust ruler,” which is just right for this unruly bird.
While the red-rumped bush tyrant sounds more appropriate for an ’80s death metal band, it’s a fairly ordinary-looking bird. The bush tyrant has a white and gray spotted head, a slate brown body, and a red rump and base of the tail.
4. Horned Screamer (goral)
The horned screamer is so named because of its long spine protruding from its forehead, and because it screams like a banshee. Squealer’s horns are actually made of cartilage and have no known use. When it gets too long it snaps off and grows back. It can grow to about 6 inches long and is unique to this bird. They are also known as the unicorns of birds.
The repeated cry of the Horned Screecher echoes through its surroundings. Males have a noticeably deeper call than females. Males and females usually mate for life.
The Horned Warbler is a large bird, about the size of a turkey. They weigh nearly eight pounds and have chicken-like beaks. The horned screamer is completely black with white spots on its crest, throat and wings. It is native to South America and is distributed in tropical wetlands in countries such as Colombia, Bolivia, Venezuela, Brazil, Peru, and Ecuador.
5. Gray Bird (catfish)
If you ever hear a strange voice telling you to go away in a southern African country, it’s probably this bird. Its cry sounded like “kay-wayy!” The last note was drawn out and full of contempt. Gray birds usually make this call when they sense danger. It helps alert all other birds around.
Faraway birds are also known as gray lourie or gray loerie. As its name suggests, it is gray with a brown tip on its tail and a full crest on its head. These birds are not flying experts, but they can climb quite well. They are African and live in South Africa, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Tanzania, Botswana, Angola, Zambia, Mozambique, Democratic Republic of the Congo and Namibia.
6. Shiny Drongo (midge)
In addition to its funny name, the bling capuchin has some interesting behaviors. The name “drongo” is Australian slang for “stupid one,” and it tells us everything we need to know about what donkeys think of the species. The shiny drongo hides itself effortlessly. It is a very showy bird that makes all sorts of rumblings, chirps, and other sounds. Sometimes, they get together to sing.
Shiny drongo may have been the frontman for the aforementioned 80s death metal band. Not only does it have a loud song, but it also has jet-black plumage with iridescent spots of blue-green. Red eyes and a forked tail complete the look. A goth bird, if ever there was one.
Sequined capuchins are found in Australia, Indonesia, the Philippines and some Pacific islands.
7. Woodcock USA (Small carp)
Somewhere in the vast internet landscape, there is a viral video of a woodcock dancing in the street. The American woodcock is known for its comical gait when hunting for food. As it walks, its head and body move simultaneously, appearing to move to the beat. Because of this, it has been nicknamed the sassy American woodcock.
Speaking of nicknames, its legendary dance isn’t the only interesting thing about the woodcock. This bird is also known as the bogsucker, timberdoodle and hokumpoke!
The American woodcock is a bird that looks a bit unusual. It is round, with short legs, a long head, and a longer mouth. They are colorful with black, light brown, gray and yellowish plumage with an orange underside. The woodcock inhabits forests, fields, and wet meadows in the eastern United States and Canada.
8. Hairy-backed tit (hairy dragon)
Apart from its intriguing name, not much is known about the hairy-backed tit. These Asian birds have red heads and upper bodies and brown backs and tails. They also have white patches on the sides of their necks, and their throats and mouths are black. This babbler is found in Indonesia, Brunei, Thailand and Malaysia.
9. Satan’s Goose Egg (devil fish)
The Satan Sheephound is also known as the Satanic Nighthawk and Demon Nighthawk. The innocent-looking bird was clearly the victim of perjury. Its nickname “goatsucker” was inspired by a folktale that claimed the bird drank milk directly from the udder of a goat. Additionally, nighthawks are considered demons by the locals for their nocturnal calls. Some have also reported that one of its calls sounded like someone’s eyes had been gouged out, though this sound hopefully was never recorded.
Nightingales are native to Sulawesi, Indonesia. They have a taupe body with a black head, white collar and white spots on their body. Despite their unforgiving name, Nighthawks perform no rituals.
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Specifically, my research investigates how the configuration and composition of landscapes influence the movement and population dynamics of forest birds. Both natural and human-derived fragmenting of habitat can influence where birds settle, how they access the resources they need to survive and reproduce, and these factors in turn affect population demographics. Most recently, I have been studying the ability of individuals to move through and utilize forested areas which have been modified through timber harvest as they seek out resources for the breeding and postfledging phases. As well I am working in collaboration with Parks Canada scientists to examine in the influence of high density moose populations on forest bird communities in Gros Morne National Park. Many of my projects are conducted in collaboration or consultation with representatives of industry and government agencies, seeking to improve the management and sustainability of natural resource extraction.
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