The most unusual birds in the world are photos with names and description

Nature is a wonderful place filled with millions of species of unique animals that most people have not even heard of. Birds are traditionally considered beautiful creatures, they are known to their sweet singing. However, there are species that adapted to the environment, their voices and appearance are strikingly different from the traditional perception of birds. Some birds look strange due to abnormal plumage, unusual beak shape and, of course, appearance. Some of them also have amazing habits in a diet, marriage ritual and mating. Here is a list of 33 most unusual birds in the world.

Abyssinian horned raven

Flies for fishing and protecting the territory, runs away in danger. Big beak is crowned with bone protrusion. Eyes are decorated with long eyelashes. Yellow mark at the base of the beak. Long paws produce food. Males have blue and red color of the throat, blue around the eyes, in females blue in front of his eyes and throat. Males are a little larger. Young birds have brown feathers and less bright coloring of the throat.

The point Gaga

Birds live in Alaska and north-east of Siberia. Males are unique. The head of a large sea duck has a color from pale green to bright orange, which makes it one of the most beautiful birds. Gaze and distinctive “glasses” around the eyes gave the name to this type. When the wedding season ends, all outfits disappear, and the males in appearance resemble females again.

Helmosebearing casuar

Large size, grayish helmet and a red beard hanging from the neck, allow you to easily identify the bird. Body feathers are black, look like hair. Bare scalp and front of the neck are blue, the back of the neck is red. Both sexes are similar in appearance. Females, as a rule, are greater than males, her helmet is higher and brighter in color. Young animals are more brown than adults, with a dull head and neck.

Sage grouse

Large grouse with a chubby round body, a small head and a long tail. Males change their shape when they show themselves to females, become almost spherical, inflate their chests, lower their wings and raise their tail. The body is spotted-gray-brown with a black abdomen. Males have a black head and throat. The chest is decorated with a fluffy white collar. The females have darkskinned spots on the cheeks, white marks behind the eyes.

The fanlike crowned dove

Duffile-gray feathers resemble pigeons on the street, but an elegant blue lace crest, scarlet eyes and a dirty-black mask are made dissimilar to birds from the city park. This is the largest of all pigeons in size with a turkey. Birds live in pairs or small groups in the forests of New Guinea, where seeds and fallen fruits are looking for most of their diet.


They stand in the water for hours, and the victims do not suspect a gloomy fate that looks at them from above. The stupid beak looks like a cruel joke of evolution, but in fact it is a deadly instrument. Taking the victim’s body in the beak, the bird opens it exactly so that the prey sticks its head. Then he presses the beak with sharp edges, cuts off his head, swallows the rest of the body.

Ecuadorian umbrella bird

A rare and unusual inhabitant of moist foothill and plain forests of the Pacific slope of the Andes, from Colombia to the southwestern Ecuador. Male chest has the shape of a wattle. He shortens it at will, for example, removes in flight. The females and immature males are small or completely absent, but all birds have a comb and it is shorter than in adult males.

Big Indian Kalao

Females are less with bluish-white, males with red eyes. Orbital skin pinkish in both sexes. Like other nosorov birds, there are “eyelashes”. A feature is a bright yellow helmet on a massive skull. Hot-shaped helmet, the upper part is concave, with two ridges on the sides. The back of the helmet in females is reddish, the lower side of the front and back of the helmet in males.

Bluebearing Olush

Big sea poultry with heavy long pointed wings and beak, relatively long tail. Brownish on top and whitish from below, with a white spot on the back of the neck and a narrow white strip near the tail. Adults have bright blue paws and grayish-brown stripes on a pale head and neck. Young birds have brown paws and dark brown stripes on the head, neck and chest.


The sea bird hunts in open waters, lives on the islands and coastal rocks of the northern part of the Pacific Ocean. Nests in deep burrows (more than 1.5 m). Larger than other types of clums and differs externally, a bright white “mask” and golden head feathers grow in the reproduction season. Catches and holds small fish from 5 to 20 pieces in the beak, carries the chicks in the nest. Adults eat food under water.

A wonderful paradise bird

Male on average 26 cm long, female 25 cm. An adult male dark black with an overflowing crown and a blue breast shield, a crest from elongated feathers on the back of the head is symmetrically fluttered when raising. The female has a black-brown-brown head with a pale-fifty stripe running along the forehead, above the eyes and around the back of the head. The lower body is light brown with a dark strip.

Scaly bird of paradise

Adult bird about 22 cm long. The male is black and yellow. The rainbow shell of the eyes is dark brown, black beak, brownish-gray paws. In the male, two amazingly long (up to 50 cm), elegant, enamel-blue Sultan-Brani, which the bird lifts at will, depart. A female without a grayish-brown-colored jewelry with stripes on the bottom of the body.

Blueheaded magnificent paradise bird

The back and ends of the wings of the male are raspberry, the top of the wings and tail is brownish-black. On top of the yellow “cloak”, the chest is emerald, purple paws and feet, inside the mouth is pale green. A unique turquoise crown (visible at night) bald with several black feathers that are visible from above in the shape of a cross. Long violet-blue feathers near the tail are divided into two parts.

Ceylon frog

Largeheaded bird has a large flattened hook beak. The female is red, slightly spotted with white. Male is gray and with more pronounced spots. This species holds the branches of paws in an upright position during the day. Mysterious plumage looks and masks the bird under a broken branch. At night, she hunts insects with a large wide beak, catches prey under the canopy of the forest.

Longtailed velvet weaver

The male “puts on” dark plumage for the period of reproduction. Weavers are found in small flocks in swampy pastures. Males are similar to females in an illegitimate period, only a little more. When the wedding season approaches the male, the male is completely painted black, with the exception of the orange-white shoulder spot, it grows an unusually long tail with twelve feathers.

Brilliant painted malyur

The male plumage in the wedding season from the cobalt-blue in the east to the violet-blue area in the west. Black stripes at the base of the tail (absent in purple-blue birds) pass through the chest to the beak, eye and on the back of the neck. Crown and cheek spots pale blue. Wings and long tail brown with blue tint. Black beak, paws and feet brown-gray.

Lilovo stepshaped painted malyur

The plumage of males during the breeding period is crowned by a bright purple crown with a black center, it is surrounded by a wide black strip passing through the eyes and around the back of the head. Wings and back from the color of the cinnamon to sandy, the throat and chest are white, the sides and stomach of the color of the lush skin. The tail is dark blue and, except for the central pair of feathers, the ends of the feathers are white. Females have white eye rings and foreheads, wide red-brown buccal spots.

Wencenoid fly agaric

He has a long beak, red or yellowish tail, brown plumage. The most noticeable feature is a long decorative crest, from red to orange (paler than females) color with black and blue spots. The crest creates the form of a “little one” head. These birds are known that they inflate a comb when they are held in their hand, and rhythmically shake their heads from side to side.


During the wedding season, males grow double tail feathers, which form an amazing train of up to a meter long. The females do not have such a feature, but they are painted in bright blue, green and red, like males, but less bright. Vapors with powerful beaks build nests in rotting trees or stumps, in turn they hatch eggs, long tails of males sometimes stick out outside.

Lilacbreasted sizovoronka

The head is big and green, the neck and greenish-yellow paws are short, the fingers are small. The beak is black, strong, curved and hooked. The tail is narrow, medium length. Brown back and shoulder blades. Shoulders, outer part of the wing and purple sacrum. The color of the feathers is pale green-blue, the outer feathers of the tail are elongated and black. The chin is whitish, goes into the purple breasts. The bottom of the body is greenish-blue. Brown eyes.

Other species of unusual birds


It occurs along the Pacific coast from the northern Peru to the central part of Chile. It is easy to recognize the bird by dark gray body, red-orange beak, claws and white mustache. This is a magnificent flyer that hangs in the air, then dives for prey. Sometimes a bird pulls out pieces of fish from the teeth of sea lions. Unfortunately, populations are reduced due to loss of nesting places.

Curling Arasari

The greatest feature is twisted whitish-yellow feathers with black tips on the head of the head. They are glossy and seemed to be made of plastic. The upper body is dark green with a dark red mantle and back. Yellow chest with spots and red, red-black stripes. Short beak blue and burgundy on the upper part, in the tone of the ivory below, the tip of the beak is orange.

Sineshapa tanagra

It is found in Atlantic rain forests, on the boundaries of forests in shrubs in the north-east of Brazil. This is a very colorful bird with a cobalt-blue crown and a chin, a black forehead, a red “scarf”, a turquoise line around the eyes and forehead, a green lower body, black wings. A wide green edging and yellow-orange line is visible on the wings.

Guyan rocky cockerel

The male has orange plumage and a striking crescentshaped comb, the tail is black, the ends of the feathers are orange. Wings with black, orange and white threads. They are on the back of the wing on external aircraft feathers. Silky-orange threads decorate the internal feathers of the wings. The beak, paws and skin are also orange. The female is less noticeable, dark brown-gray.

Turako Livingston

Big olive-green bird, the tip of the crest is white, pointed. Raspberry wings (color is noticeable when flying). Issues characteristic loud pipe and croaking sounds. Moves from a tree to a tree in the wet regions of Burundi, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Tanzania and Zimbabwe. It feeds on a fruit diet. Females, as a rule, are weaker than males.

Brilliant real catting

Males of bright-turquoise-blue color with extensive black “sparkles” on the wings and back, the throat is light purple. The bird produces food on fruiting trees, nests on the dead tallest trees in the forest, which explains why it is difficult to detect from the ground. The bird does not make sounds, only the “whistle” of the wings in flight is heard. This species is common around the Amazon.

Hollar Roar

A mediumsized bird with wide yawning. The singing of males can be heard when they call on the period of reproduction of females on the branches of the forest canopy. Females never sing and hard to see them. Unlike completely white body plumage, the head and throat of a turquoise male. Females are grayish-olive, from below with yellowish veins, with a black throat and crown. Young animals are similar to females.

Sinebir Motor

The body is mostly green. Bright blue above the eye, a blue strip on the throat. Flight feathers and top of the tail are blue. The bird eats insects and reptiles, fruits and poisonous frogs. He moves his tail forward-back when he discovers a predator, and most likely tells relatives about the danger. Birds lay 3-6 white eggs in a tunnel nest on the shore, in a career or well with fresh water.

Redclosed Alion

The birds have back, wings and tail bright blue. Head, shoulders, sides and lower abdomen are chestnut, throat and chest white. Big beak and paws bright red. The wings are short rounded. In flight, large white spots are visible on the wings. Males and females look the same, the coloring of young animals is not so bright. Lives on an open area with trees, wires and other sitting places.

Malaya Sultanka

A bird the size of a chicken with a conical beak, a short tail, leaned in the top, leaning, long paws and fingers. In adult specimens, purple-brown heads and bodies, wings and back are greenish, red beak with a yellow end, blue and bright yellow paws and fingers. The upper body of the young animal is brown, the colors of khaki from below, beak and paws are dull.


This is a large, strong, flying, olive-green parrot with scarlet shelters and a thin gray-black beak. The bird emits a long, loud, piercing scream. Kea an unusual bird. This is the only alpine parrot in the world that attacks sheep, people, cars that fall into the territory of the species. Kea does not walk like other parrots, he jumps and, as a rule, sideways.

Kura Paduan

An unusual breed of chickens from the province of Padui in northern Italy is known for a long curved crest of roosters and shorter and rounded by chickens. This is an old breed, as evidenced by the pictures of the 15th century. For centuries, chickens have been bred mainly for decorative purposes due to their amazing appearance. Today, chickens are grown for the sake of eggs and excellent meat.

California Condor

Adult birds black with white spots under the wings. Naked head and neck are yellowish-orange. Young animals have dark heads, gray necks and spotted grayish spots under the wings. Condoras masterfully take off, rarely waving their wings. They soar in the air, and the wind does not knock them down from the course. Condoras are social birds. Groups are formed around the places of feeding, bathing and in the nestles.


Human races differ in growth, face shape and skin color. Fortunately, people usually look the same and not confuse them, say, with primates 🙂 All birds have a common feature feathers, but these creatures have a huge difference in physique, shape of the head, paw, beak and much more. Scientists explain this by the fact that birds are distant relatives of dinosaurs, preserved and developed some features of these longdisappeared creatures. Birds also lead a unique lifestyle, migrate long distances or live and get food in one place. Some of them are strange, but rather cute, other birds pose a threat to animals and even humans.

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