They soar high in their flight of fancy, letting out melodies in fine tuning, airfaring the world in all their exoticness, revealing as pretty creatures of grace, flapping their wings in a pattern, lending themselves to the world even in their free soaring spirits. The world of birds sure isn’t anything less than a wonder world, which they inhabit, each in their own distinctive might, sometimes chirping, sometimes singing, perched atop trees or while still in flight, lightening and brightening the word just some more, as in their magical power of touching the sky, they have us wandering as well in our heart and soul. Every species of birdss is mightily unique in their own way yet there are some even more standout in their defining attributes. But each of them sure makes the world all the more beautiful with their vibrant forays through it. Here’s discovering some of such striking winged friends that are unique enough to have us even more in awe of them-
In its distinctive plumage that sees the chicks of it sport claws on their wings that lets them climb trees, the Hoatzin instantly comes across as a really unique bird. But that isn’t the only characteristic of this Amazon native that renders it such a eye catching beauty to behold. Capturing attention, somewhat unpleasantly though, is the famed assertion of it being a smelly bird. With a smell that closely resembles cow dung, it is no surprise that the Hoatzin is popularly known also as the stinkbird or skunk bird.
What however lends this tropical bird species its ‘defining’ odor is its digestive anatomy that works in a manner similar to that of cows, or ruminants for that matter. The only bird species with a ruminant digestive system which means that it spends most of its time lying around and digesting its plant based diet that which lend it its characteristic smell, this national bird of Guyana uses its ‘scent’ to its advantage by warding off predators. Usually clumsy fliers, the hoatzin however can swim in the water when faced with threat to life.
With a name that spells out their unique feature already, the oilbird, known locally as the guácharo, is the only nocturnal flying fruit-eating bird in the world as well as one of the few avian species to navigate like echolocation, despite having specially adapted eyesight. Known as oilbirds because of their fat, oily chicks that were captured in the past and boiled down to make oil, these birds however continue to be a species classified as ‘Least Concern’ by the IUCN red list despite a decreasing population.
Once again a national bird, this time of Guatemala, the Quetzal is another striking presence in our list of unique birds. Vibrantly colored and therefore very attractive, this bird species was often considered divine by the ancient Aztecs and Mayans and is today widely considered one of the most beautiful in he world.
The only puffin native to the Atlantic Ocean from where it derives its name, this almost penguin like species of bird, in the coloring of it, sports a broad, boldly marked red and black beak and orange legs that contrast with its plumage. Dubbed also therefore the sea parrot for the color of its beak, the Atlantic Puffin indeed stands out quite assertively also in the dimension of this very beak. As the bright beak color fades to a drab gray during the winter only to burst forth with its characteristic vibrancy in the spring, these clowns of the sea come across as rather fascinating creatures of the winged type, that also are as remarkable in their ability rests on the sea waves at times when they aren’t swimming.
Among the species of birds that feed on nectar, the ‘i’iwi or scarlet honeycreeper is remarkable in its curved, pointed beak and its captivating scarlet black plumage that makes it one of the most commonly seen native birds in Hawaii as it flits through the forests of the islands in search of nectar. A highly recognizable symbol of Hawaii, the ‘i’iwi possesses also the ability to hover in place, again a trait exclusive only to a few feathered folks in the world.
A rather intriguing bird, the Ribbon-Tailed Astrapia might be a sight of tremendous and distinctive beauty. But the dimensions of its physical attractiveness seem to go beyond the range of it, as it becomes the very doom of the male of the species. Known for its three foot long ornamental tail both in name and in appearance, that are the longest tail-to-body ratio in the whole class of birds, this merely one foot long bird is among the more recently discovered bird-of-paradise. What is a tale not however set so much in happy heaven is that while these long tails are a way for the male astrapia to entice females, the unduly long trail of it means that the males often get tripped up or caught on their own tails from time to time.
Perhaps the rarest species of bird in the world, if not unique otherwise, the Stresemann’s Bristlefront survives in a solitary individual of its kind. A long-tailed, burrow-nesting songbird named for the bristly-looking tuft of feathers on its forehead that inhabits the Atlantic Forest in Brazil, this is one really elusive pretty and petite species of bird that is rendered unique simply by its rather mysterious existence.
Another tailed bird that comes across as among the world’s most unique is the Marvelous spatuletail. A Peruvian native, the Marvelous spatuletail is unique among birds in having just four feathers in its tail. This stemming from the hummingbird family is indeed marvelously enticing a vision in its shimmering multi colors and the male’s remarkable two long racquet-shaped outer tail feathers that cross each other and end in large violet-blue discs or “spatules”.
The Vogelkop superb bird-of-paradise has to be one of the most remarkable of beauties that reveal to the world in a striking black and blue image of it. A species only recent discovered, the Vogelkop is really unique a bird with feathers that sport some of the blackest coloring on Earth, absorbing 99.95 percent of light hitting it. Typically found in Indonesia, the Vogelkop stands out in its blue eyes and identical blue breast plate that take centerstage against the backdrop of the all encompassing ‘darkness’ that takes over in all its brilliance every time a male breaks out in a dance in a semi circle to woo a potential mate.
As the world’s longest flying bird, the Philippine Eagle classifies already as amongst the rarest birds you would ever encounter. Also among the most powerful of birds, this national bird of Philippine rests also in a distinction giantly ferocious. Known also as the monkey eating eagle, this giant three foot bird devours however, apart from monkeys, also other large creatures like colugos, large snakes, monitor lizards, and even other significantly large birds, such as hornbills.
As melodious as it is magnificent, Australia’s superb lyrebird is known both for its stupendous ability to mimic sounds of not just organisms but also of things as well as its elaborate tail and courtship displays. Displaying the most sophisticated voice skills within the animal kingdom is this large songbird that which is also really ancient, with discovered fossils of it dating back to some 15 million years in history!