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Worlds Ugliest Bird

At the first sight, you may find that capuchinbird looks like a small, hunchbacked vulture.The hunchbacked neck looks like it is going to swallow the bald, pale blue head and beak at any moment, which make you think of a combination of vulture with rooster. While the body plumage is a blend of brown, orange and chestnut colors, the wings and tail are in dark brown or black.They usually prey on fish by diving headlong into the water.Fish eater, feeding on small schooling fish, sardines, anchovies, mackerel, flying fishes. Blue feet indicate the current health condition of booby.Most of backyard birds we have seen are lovely, cute, beautiful, however, there are some birds are with freaky looking, a bit ugly. Most people may not be familiar to them. Life expectancy for a wild eagle is about from 30 to 60 years. However, philippine eagle is the most endangered, less than 500 pairs remaining in the world. Some of creatures are so ugly that they can’t help but look cute. Frogmouth is one of them.It’s easy to confuse frogmouths with owls, but they don’t have talons like owls, in fact their feet are very small, which are mostly related to nightjars. Therefore, they usually throw their preys against rocks after capture them.

It has gray legs and feet, an ivory-colored bill, a frill of black feathers surrounding the base of the neck, and brownish red eyes. The juvenile is mostly a mottled dark brown with blackish coloration on the head. It has mottled gray instead of white on the underside of its flight feathers.
The Muscovy was originally a wild large bird native to America and are non-migratory birds that like to roost in trees at night. Muscovy ducks are mostly gentle unless the female is sitting or has a young brood. Muscovy drakes don’t quack, instead they produce a low hiss. They are capable of flying well and great artist of escaping, since they only need to be wing-clipped. However, though with a name of duck, they do not swim as much as other breeds because their oil glands are under developed. It means that they do not need a large source of water. It’s for sure that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, if you don’t agree with our choice of the ugliest birds. Please let us know in the below comment. The plumage of California condor is black with patches of white on the underside of the wings. It’s with bald head and the skin color varies from gray on young birds to yellowish and bright orange on adults.As its name indicates, long wattled umbrellabird has characteristic umbrella-like crest on their head. For male species, it has an inflatable wattle dangling from the middle of its chest, while the female species has much shorter wattle. This long wattle is covered in short, scaly feathers, when inflated, it looks like a pine cone. You can find them on the pacific slope from southwestern Colombia through Ecuador, mostly in the foothills between 460 and 5900 ft.They are likely to Inhabit the mid-level to upper story of tall trees.They will migrate to higher altitudes during the breeding season.The females, which look much like the males, will usually mate with the alpha male. Each female will then go on to build her nest of twigs and raise her single check alone.In the end of this particular lancinating beak is a hook-shaped nail that makes it possible for the shoebill to guillotine its own target, which is commonly lungfish but they also eat water snakes, baby crocodiles, small waterfowl, rodents and reptiles.

The shoebill is distributed in freshwater swamps of central tropical Africa, from southern Sudan and South Sudan through parts of eastern Congo, Rwanda, Uganda, western Tanzania and northern Zambia.
You probably won’t see or hear frogmouth in the sunlight because it is nocturnal and prefers to sleep all day.Even if you were to spot at frogmouth sleeping upright on a tree branch, you probably not see it because its plumage is a mottled green, gray and brown exactly like tree bark.King Vulture has thick claws and a keen eyesight. However, unlike other bird species, the king vulture doesn’t have eyelashes. What’s more, another interesting thing about the king vulture is that it eats like a king. When the king vulture lands on a feeding site, the smaller vultures will stand by the side and let king vulture eat the prey first. King vulture will be superior among the vultures.They can be quite large weighing 7 kg while the females weigh 2-3 kg. They like eating some vermin at sometime and should not be kept with guinea pigs or rabbits.Their heavy legs are yellow, with large, strong and dark claws, and their large, high-arched, deep beaks are bluish-gray. The eagle’s eyes are blue-gray.Shoebill known as whale-headed stork, is a large stork-like bird. It derives its name from its enormous shoe-shaped bill.Let’s be sincere. You can not assume a bird to provide you a charm pageant when its own face is similar to a clog footwear.

If you’re looking for the most ugliest bird from southern Mexico to southern Argentina, the king vulture is definitely a distinctive bird that will impress you with its unique outlook. This scavenger is full of colors and has a fleshy wattle above the nostrils, which is a bit bright for a scavenger. In Mayan legend, the king vulture was seen as a messenger between the gods and humans and it was a popular figure among the Mayan codices.However, that doesn’t prevent the shoebill from being one of the most well-known birds on the must-see checklist for birdwatchers in Central-Eastern Africa. They might be ugly birds, but they are actually sort of lovable considering clog footwear bill.

Capuchinbird inhabits in the rainforest of northern and eastern South America (Venezuela, Colombia, Brazil, and Guyanas).Their call is similar to the low mooing of a cow.Most of the time, these birds enjoy spending their time hanging out in the canopy, plucking fruits and insects.
Blue footed booby is average 32 in length and weights 1.5kg, female is slightly larger than the male. Brown wings, distinctive yellow eyes are placed on either side of its bill and oriented towards the front, enabling excellent binocular vision.It is pretty strong, adult females take larger prey than males, recorded weight of about 6 to 9kg in flight and fly off without landing, enormous feat of strength.

The Philippine eagle is measuring 86–102 cm (2ft10in–3f4in) in total length. Male philippine eagle is about 10% smaller than female species. The average for the female equals the maximum reported for the harpy eagle and Steller’s sea eagle.
The Philippine eagle is the national bird of Philippine, as its name indicated. It inhabits mountain forests, mostly in steep and rugged mountains. Philippine eagle has a dark face, creamy-brown nape and crown.Their back is dark brown, while the underside and under wings are white.The condor’s head and neck are barely naked, while the skin of the head and neck is capable of flushing based on its emotional state, which serve as communication between individuals. They can only make a few hissing or grunting sounds that can heard when very close.They are native to Asian,Australia and found on Tasmania.They are noted for their long wings, short legs, and stout bills.Frogmouths have rather weak legs and feet to grab prey, therefore, they pounce and use their wide, hooked beak to dispatch they prey.Standing tall (virtually 5 feet) on long, lanky lower legs, it is typically slate-gray along with rounded yellow eyes and a tuft of plumes on the back of its own scalp.Evaluating approximately 4 inches vast and also almost 9 inches long, the shoebill’s clodhopper bill is actually an ashen yellow with slashes of gray markings on it. This dark gray bird of prey has a very distinctive look, with feathers atop its head that fan into a bold crest when the bird feel threatened. Like most eagles, the female harpy is almost twice as large as the male.The harpy eagle’s legs can be as thick as human being’s wrist, and its curved, back talons are larger than grizzly bear claws at 5 inches long. Harpy eagle, known as Harpia Harpyja, related to Harpies from Greek mythology, which is the predatory “frightful, flying creatures with hooked beak and claws”. The greatest feature of this species is its huge, bulbous bill, which is straw-colored with erratic grayish markings. Shoebill is also most famous of its slow movements and tendency to stay still for long periods, which is as statue- like. It is normally silent, and it will utter a cow-like moo as well as high-pitched whines when it needs to. There are about 14 frogmouths species, most with large bright yellow eyes and a wide set beak that is yellowish to olive gray in color. The beak is abnormally wide like the mouth of frog, triangular in shape, and sharply hooked, with whisker-like bristles around the bill.Keas are large parrots native to the alpine regions of New Zealand that are known for their intelligence and curiosity. Adults are mostly olive-green with a brilliant orange flash under their wings. His is a face that only a mother could love. But featherless youngster can find comfort in the fact that one day he will grow up to be an attractive Kea parrot. Marabou Storks are natives of Africa. They are usually found in open areas or savannas. However, they’re also known to be equally comfortable living in locations that are close to people. Aside from eating large carrion and scraps, these birds eat smaller animals. At times, they even go after other birds. Apparently, they’re known for eating flamingos.

Indeed, the scary-looking bird has the ability to shock people. Although it could weigh only up to around 20 pounds, the bird has a a wingspan that could measure up to almost 10 feet. It’s definitely got the look of a horror movie monster. While scholars say that it’s generally a lazy animal, many of us would automatically think it’s out to get us — just because of the way it looks.The Marabou Stork has become notorious for its looks. It has earned the dubious distinction of being the world’s ugliest bird. In fact, some people say that the bird “looks like the vampire Nosferatu” or an elderly person suffering from a disfiguring disease. Those descriptions are cruel — but we can easily see where those people are coming from.

Looks are not everything and they can be deceiving. However, appearances are often the basis of first impressions. That said, the Marabou Stork makes quite an impression. To say that it’s NOT cute would be quite an understatement. The bird is almost always judged for its frightening appearance.After the two species of condor, the king vulture is the largest of the New World vultures measuring 65 – 80 cm in length, with a wingspan of 1.2 – 2 m and weighing 2.5 – 4.5 kg.

The purpose of the casque is to help support and add strength to the bill. It also helps augment the hornbill’s calls which are a series of loud honks and yaps given in quick succession. Because the casque may take many years to reach full size, it is thought they signal sexual maturity and help attract a mate too.
It has dark blue-black plumage with iridescent tones of green, violet, and bronze, and long blue-green feathers on its neck. The head is bare and covered with wrinkled, pale skin which gives rise to its scientific name Geronticus calvus, which comes from the Latin meaning bald, old man. On the top of the head, the dome-shaped crown is red, as is the long down-curved bill and legs.

Despite its ungainly appearance, the wood stork is a good flier alternating between flapping its wings and soaring on thermals with its neck and legs outstretched. When perched it draws its neck into its body giving it a humpbacked look. They often feed in groups arranging themselves in lines and walking slowly through water with their heads down foraging for fish and insects.
The southern bald ibis is a large striking bird endemic to the open grassland and semi-desert in the mountains of southern Africa. It measures about 75 cm In length with a 130 cm wingspan, and weighs around 1.2 kg Of course beauty is in the eye of the beholder so if you don’t agree with our choices and you’d like to nominate an ugly bird then please let us know in the comments below. There were attempts to introduce the wild turkey to Britain in the 18th century but these were not successful, mainly because local poachers found it easy to shoot them.

Literally all birds are beautiful and wonderful and this list is just anti-bird propaganda, I’m very upset right now and I must speak up for these cute feathered friends whose incredible calls apparently haven’t reached this website’s editors
Roseate spoonbills forage in shallow fresh and saltwater swishing its bill from side to side to catch small fish, crustaceans, insects, and plant matter, often in mixed species groups with egrets and ibises. It holds its body horizontally when foraging which helps distinguish it from similar looking birds.The Californian condor is a New World vulture and the largest flying bird in North America with a wingspan of up to 3 m. It has black plumage overall except for broad, white triangular-shaped patches on the underside of its wings. Like most vultures, it has very few feathers on its head and neck and the bare yellowy-orange skin flushes in response to an emotional state, which enables individuals to communicate with each other. The female condor is smaller than the male which is unusual for birds of prey.

The jabiru is a very large stork found in the tropical lowlands of the Americas from Mexico to Argentina and the largest flying bird in South and Central America. It has occasionally been spotted in the United States, usually in Texas but sometimes as far north as Mississippi. Its name comes from a Tupi-Guarani word meaning “swollen neck”.
Andean condors are long-lived birds, surviving to over 75 years in captivity and up to 50 years in the wild. They do not begin breeding until they are 5 or 6 years old and only produce a single chick every other year which must be cared for by both parents for a full year.It is 1 of 6 species of spoonbill and the only one found in the Americas. It is found mostly in South America as well as the Caribbean, Central America, Mexico, and the Gulf Coast of the USA.

Like all frogmouths, the species has a large head with a wide, hooked bill and slit-like nostrils. Its small eyes face forward which gives it a wide field of binocular vision, and they are surrounded by short, stiff bristles.The vulturine guineafowl is the largest living species of guineafowl measuring up to 70 cm in length and weighing up to 1.6 kg. Although it is sometimes known as the ‘royal guineafowl’, its more common name is due to its bald head and long bare neck which resemble that of a vulture. On top of the head is a horny helmet and there are tiny brown feathers on the back of the nape, below which is a cape of glossy blue and white hackles. The wood stork is a large wading bird and the only member of the stork family to breed in North America. It measures up to 115 cm tall and has a wingspan of up to 180 cm with males weighing an average of 2.7 kg. It has mainly white plumage with black flight feathers and a black tail that has a green and purple iridescence. The head and neck are bare with dark grey scaley skin, and it has a long black bill that curves downwards towards the tip. The legs and feet are dark and in breeding season the toes are pink. The Muscovy duck is a large, heavy-bodied duck found in the Americas. It was domesticated by Native Americans and was brought to Europe on Christopher Columbus’s ship the Santa Maria in the 16th century. It is usually known as a Barbary duck in culinary settings.

The southern ground hornbill is one of only two species of ground hornbill, the other being the Abyssinian ground hornbill, and the largest species of hornbill in the world. It is a large bird measuring up to 1.3 m long. Males weigh up to 6.2 kg while females are slightly smaller weighing up to 4.6 kg. It has a wingspan that measures up to 1.8 m and can fly at almost 30 km/h. The male has jet black feathers except for white tips on the wings, yellow eyes, and patches of bare red skin on the face and throat. Females are similar but has a patch of violet blue on the throat. It is thought that the bare skin keeps dust out of the birds’ eyes when they forage during the dry season.

The wild turkey is the heaviest member of the Galliformes, an order of ground-feeding birds that also includes chickens, peafowl, and pheasants, and the ancestor of the domestic turkey.The silvery-cheeked hornbill is a large species of hornbill found in tall, evergreen forests of East Africa. It has iridescent black plumage with small, white patches under the wings, and on the back, rump, and edges of the tail. On the head the face is silver-grey and there is a large, creamy coloured casque on the top of the pale, downward-curved bill which is much larger in the males. The female has a circle of bare skin that surrounds the eye.

Silvery-cheeked hornbills eat mainly fruits, in particular figs. They will also eat lizards, centipedes, insects, spiders, and the chicks of other species of birds, usually by foraging amongst foliage, but sometimes in flight.
The saddle-billed stork is a large, wading bird found in sub-Saharan Africa, and a close relative of the black-necked stork. It reaches heights of 150 cm and has a wing span of up to 270 cm, and the male, which is larger and heavier than the female, can weigh up to 7.5 kg. It has iridescent black and white plumage with a bare red patch on its chest. The bill, which measures about 35 cm in length, is red with a black band. On the upper side is a yellow frontal shield with small wattles that hang below which look a little like stirrups, and gives the species its name.

A rogues’ gallery of 22 of the world’s least genetically blessed birds. Looking like something from the Star Wars Cantina, these poor freaks of nature fell out of the ugly tree and hit every branch on the way down.

In 1987, the California condor became extinct in the wild, but since then a successful captive breeding programme has seen numbers increase although they are still one of the world’s rarest birds. The project is one of the most expensive conversation efforts in history, costing the United States over $35 million with an annual maintenance cost of over $2 million.Although, the southern bald ibis is listed as vulnerable on the ICUN Red List, with a total breeding population of just 4,600 birds, it is not immediately at risk of becoming extinct. Threats include disturbance at their breeding sites and habitat destruction, as well as hunting of chicks and eggs for food and medicine.The Moghul emperor, Babur, recorded a myth about the greater adjutant in which a snakestone existed in the skull of the bird which was an antidote for snake venom and poison. The stone was meant to be very rare as it could only be retrieved by a hunter who could kill the bird without letting its bill touch the ground, otherwise the stone would evaporate. In India, practitioners of folk-medicine believed that chewing a piece of the stork’s flesh with betel could cure leprosy.

Jabirus exhibit high sexual dimorphism with males being about 25% larger than the females. An adult male jabiru can measure up to 153 cm tall with a 280 cm wingspan and weigh between 4.3 kg and 9 kg. It has white plumage overall with a bare black head and neck, and a massive, black upturned bill. At the base of the neck is a red inflatable pouch which helps with feeding and in males expands to the size of a football during courtship displays.
It has black back and white underparts, a bare head and neck, and a tuft of what looks like hair on its head. The bill is massive with a pink gular sac on its throat and it has skinny white legs. It is nicknamed the ‘undertaker bird’ due to its appearance when seen from behind when it looks as though it is wearing a cloak.They are found in the Andes mountains and surrounding Pacific coasts of western South America and tend to favour windy areas where they can glide on air currents with little effort. Marabou storks expend very little energy and spend most of the time standing around. It is an opportunistic feeder, eating mainly carrion and faeces, but will take any animal matter it can find including other bird chicks including pigeons, doves, pelicans, and even flamingos. To cool down it poos down its legs which give them their white appearance. It is dark brown or grey brown overall with a bronze sheen to its feathers. Males, called toms or gobblers, have a large, featherless blue head, with red wattles on the throat and neck, and fleshy growths called caruncles on the head which become engorged when the turkey is excited. They have large fan-shaped tails tipped with white, and dark wings with white bars.

The greater adjutant is a member of the stork family, and amongst the largest of all living storks measuring up to 150 cm tall and with an average wingspan of 250 cm. It has a bare red or yellow-skinned neck and head with a white collar ruff at the bottom, a massive wedge-shaped bill, and an inflatable pouch below its neck which turns bright orange in breeding season.Like all vultures, the cinerous vulture eats mostly carrion ranging from large mammals to fish and reptiles. It has also been known to take live prey including domestic animals such as cattle, piglets, lambs, and puppies.

It has few predators, and its primary form of defence is to regurgitate semi-digested meat, the smell of which is usually enough to deter any creature that gets to close. The substance will also sting if the predator gets too close. If it needs to take flight to flee from a predator, the turkey vulture will sometimes vomit any undigested food from its crop.
True wild Muscovy ducks have dark plumage with a green gloss and white patches on the wings. On the face are red caruncles and black skin patches. Caruncles may also form if the skin is irritated. Female Muscovy ducks sometimes have caruncles on the back of their heads where drakes have grabbed them during mating.

In Egyptian hieroglyphics, the saddle-backed stork is represented with the phonetic value “bꜣ”. Early depictions of the bird from the Late Predynastic Period are very accurate but from the 3rd Dynasty, the bill of the stork began to shorten. Later, as the species disappeared from Egypt, the glyph transformed some more with a shorter neck and the incorrect placement of the wattles on the neck rather than at the base of the bill.
It is an important bird in many African cultures often associated with death, evil, and bad luck. During breeding season male hornbills inflate their wattles and make booming calls to attract females and these loud calls are said to forecast rain and end droughts.Relative to its size it has the largest head and strongest bill of all the New World vultures, but despite this it is largely unaggressive. It has few predators; snakes prey on its eggs and chicks, while big cats such as jaguars sometimes hunt and kill adults when they are feeding from a carcass. The turkey vulture, also known as the turkey buzzard, is a New World vulture and the most widely distributed in the Americas. Its common name relates to its bald red head and dark brown plumage which is similar to that of the male wild turkey. It is a big bird, measuring up to 80 cm in length and weighing up to 2.5 kg, and with a wingspan of up to 180 cm. From a distance the roseate spoonbill looks like it might be a pretty bird. It has pale pink plumage with brighter pink shoulders and rump. However, the greenish head has no feathers, and the eyes are bright red, while the large grey bill is spoon-shaped. Like flamingos, roseate spoonbills get their pink colouration from pigments called carotenoids in the aquatic invertebrates they eat.It has white plumage on its body with a slight pinky-yellow tinge, and contrasting black wing coverts and flight feathers. The tail is dark grey as is the thick neck ruff. Like most species of vulture, its head and neck are bald with red and purple wrinkled skin on the head, bright orange on the neck, and yellow on the throat. On the cere there is a large orange caruncle which is fully formed by the time the king vulture is 4 years old. The eyes are white bordered with red, and it has no eyelashes.

The Sri Lanka frogmouth, also known as the Ceylon frogmouth, is found in Western Ghats of south India and Sri Lanka. It is highly camouflaged that helps it blend in with dried leaves; males are grey-brown with fine bars and spots on the crown, while females are chestnut brown with fewer markings.
The marabou stork is a large wading bird that breeds in sub-Saharan Africa. It reaches heights of 1.5 metres and has a wingspan of up to 3.7 metres has been recorded which is the largest of any living bird.

Domestic Muscovy ducks have variable plumage that ranges from dark brown, to black and white, to all white. The caruncles on the face are a much brighter red and more pronounced.
The Andean condor is the largest flying bird in the world by weight and wingspan. It is a large black vulture with a ruff of white feathers at the base of the neck and large white patches on the wings.The cinereous vulture, also known as the Eurasian black vulture or the monk vulture, is one of the world’s largest vultures with a wingspan that measures almost 3 m. It has mostly dark brown feathers with a grey head, neck, and bill.

There are just 3 breeding populations of greater adjutants – two are found in India, and one is in Cambodia – but they disperse more widely after breeding season.
The Philippine eagle is the national bird of the Philippines. The Philippine eagle (Pithecophaga jefferyi), also known as the monkey-eating eagle or great Philippine eagle, There are currently less than 500 pairs remaining, mainly concentrated in In the rain forest of Mindanao. It is one of the largest and rarest eagles in the world. It belongs to the large-scale eagles. It is praised as the “most noble flying man” in the world and has the reputation of “the tiger in the eagle”. The ape carving is strong in body and fierce, with a body length of 1 meter(2.82 to 3.35 ft) , a weight of 9 kilograms(8.9 to 17.6 lb)., and two wings spread up to 3 meters.

The king vulture(Scientific Name: Sarcoramphus papa) spends hours soaring without flapping its wings. It flies much higher in the air than other species of vulture, which prefer to soar close to the treetops.By making perfect use of air currents, vultures can soar for hours at a time without flapping their wings.
There are more than 18,000 kinds of birds in the world. The beautiful ones are known as the birds of paradise, but the ugly and distinctive ones may not be so familiar to people.The territory of the ape-eating eagle is estimated to be about 100 square kilometers. People have always thought that it only feeds on monkeys. However, later studies have shown that the so-called monkey-eating eagle also eats other animals, such as mountain lions, serpents, monitor lizards, and even large lions. Birds, such as hornbills.

In this age where love is becoming more and more fast, it seems that being able to “last forever” with a partner has become something that only appears in the fairy tale world, but this sentiment is actually still persisted by many species, and it is cute and rare. “Blue-footed boobies” is the representative of them!Long-wattled Umbrellabird is a strange bird and the largest bird in America. The male bird has a long black thorn with a large crown shaped like an umbrella, and both are named after this bird. These decorations are enhanced by display during the breeding season. The smaller females lack long thorns and are quite similar to crows.

The blue-footed booby is a large tropical seabird distributed on the west coast of America, from Mexico to Ecuador. Its English name is “Blue-footed Booby”, you will know a thing or two by looking at its name.
One of the oldest domesticated fowl species in the world, the Muscovy Duck was already being kept by native people in Peru and Paraguay when the early Spanish explorers arrived. The word “Muscovy” may refer to the Muscovy Company (incorporated in London in 1555), which transported these ducks to England and France. The Podargidae family includes 15 species of frogmouths. As the name suggests, frogmouth has a large, flat, hook-shaped beak that looks like a frog’s mouth when opened! During the day, they stretch horizontally on the branches and sleep. Their mysterious color helps them blend in with the bark. Frog mouths are nocturnal. They eat insects and small animals such as frogs and mice. They often beat the prey with rocks after capturing it. To your surprise, its side and front appearance are often very contrasting. Viewed from the side, it is majestic and “rageous”; the carved beak is tightly closed and the black eyes are deep, showing mighty masculinity.The first reason is that it has a pair of very eye-catching, colorful blue feet; the second reason is that it walks crookedly and looks silly and cute; the third reason is that it is usually not afraid of people and a little guard No, it is easy to be caught by people, so it is called “fool”.

The strange, warty-faced Muscovy Duck causes confusion for some bird watchers, as it’s very distinctive and quite commonly seen. The male Muscovy Duck is the largest duck in North America. Aztec rulers wore cloaks made from the feathers of the Muscovy Duck, which was considered the totem animal of the Wind God, Ehecatl.
Who said vultures can’t have mohawks? With a baby-blue and pink face and punkish hair-do, the White-headed Vulture is a lot cooler that it’s name lets on.Have you ever actually looked at a turkey? They’re cool, weird, and impressively ugly. But American Wild Turkeys aren’t the only ugly birds out there ⎯ with 10,000 avian species on Earth, the possibilities for ugly are endless. Like many other bald-headed species, the Marabou Stork eats carrion, feces, and just about any type of animal matter it can find and scarf down, including other birds. They also like to eat human garbage, and birds used to human feeding are rumored to attack if not given a prompt snack. Unlike other members of the ibis family, Northern Bald Ibis aren’t wading birds — they nest in colonies on cliff edges and feed on just about any small animal they can find, and sometimes eat plants, too.

After decades of dedicated conservation efforts to expand their diminished habitat, the Fish and Wildlife Service recently upgraded the Wood Stork from endangered to threatened in 2014.If you can get past the massive casque (or crest), unsettling eyes, blue throat, and neon double wattle, take a look at the cassowary’s feet. Each three-toed foot sports a dagger-like claw nearly 5 inches long. Yikes.

Native to much of sub-Saharan Africa, the species has also been introduced to Cuba, Madagascar, and Australia. Domesticated thousands of years ago, guineafowl are also a favorite of exotic bird collections and partially-domesticated escapees are regular in many parts of the world.
What this other North American turkey species lacks in wattle it makes up for in color: The Ocellated Turkey’s face and neck are shockingly blue and covered in weirdly spherical orange growths. Its plumage is more impressive than it’s northern cousin, with iridescent green and purple tail feathers tipped in gold.“Demented clown” are the two words that come to mind after getting a good look at the King Vulture. Not only do they look like they tripped head-first into a bucket of red, yellow, orange, magenta, purple, and blue paint, but their grotesque wattles and bulging eyes make for an unforgettable profile.

The population size remains unknown, and worryingly, models of Amazonian deforestation predict that the Capuchinbird will lose around 8 percent of its habitat in the next decade.
Found in northern Brazil, Suriname, Guyana, French Guiana, and eastern Venezuela, the Capuchinbird is best known for it’s absurd vocalizations, which are described as a cross between a lowing cow and a chainsaw. Horrifying calls aside, its looks are pretty distinctive, too.A social species, Helmeted Guineafowl gather in large flocks to feed and roost together in open, dry grassland or savannahs. When frightened, their first instinct is to run instead of fly. Cassowaries are common in my place in Papua New Guinea just north of Australia; Western Province of Papua New Guinea. It is where world re-known Bench-back Wild Life is located. There are several types of cassowaries and each differ in size and can be differentiated by the coloring on the neck and the wattle and its height. it is dangerously hunted for its prized meat. Scientists estimate that African vulture populations have declined by 62 percent in the past 30 years. Causes of the decline are grim: poisoning, hunting for use in traditional medicine, and deliberate killing by poachers, because the vulture can alert authorities to the presence of dead elephants and other poached species.I imagine that most people’s first sighting of a Roseate Spoonbill goes something like this: “Oh wow look at that pretty pink bird! It’s a flamingo! Wait a second…oh my gosh I think it has some sort of disease, get back in the car now.”

When I say turkeys are ugly, I mean it with love. As a birder, I delight in birds that are, shall we say, conventionally unattractive. But the turkey in our back yard isn’t the only ugly bird out there — with 10,000 avian species on Earth, the possibilities for ugly are endless.
Roaming the forest canopies of Central and South America, this species is one of just a few predominantly white vultures. King Vultures typically hunt by watching for other avian scavengers, then bombing in and shooing the smaller birds out of the way while they feed. Though not yet listed as threatened, King Vulture populations are declining across their range due to habitat loss.

Take a cassowary, shrink it down to the size of a large chicken, and add black-and-white polka-dot feathers and you get this bird — the Helmeted Guineafowl.
Birds are all beautiful in their own individual ways. Fascinating for their size and color. It’s fun reading about them and learning what they are all about. Having seen Ostrich and Cassowary, and Wood Storks in my own neighborhood learning about these other giant sized birds is a treat.Once found throughout Northern Africa and the Middle East, Northern Bald Ibis are now restricted to just two populations — one in Morocco containing more than 95 percent of all wild ibis, and second, tiny population in Syria and Turkey. Classified as critically endangered by the IUCN, less than 500 wild birds remain alive today.Environmental disaster created by the large OK TEDI Copper Mine has greatly endangered the habitat along the large Fly River system. This is why we land owners want international help.With a face reminiscent of a pair of oversized, mangy kitchen shears, Marabou Storks are the winners of the ugly award within a family of birds known for their, ahem, distinctive looks. Adults are further decked out with a fleshy, dangling pink wattle that looks like some sort of cancerous growth.

The Southern Cassowary is the largest of the three cassowaries and the second-heaviest living bird, after the Ostrich. They’re found in Australia’s northern tropical rainforests and the southern half of New Guinea, but despite their rather conspicuous appearance they’re notoriously difficult to find.
Denizens of Florida’s swamps and much of South America, Wood Storks are the only breeding species of stork in the United States. Prehistoric, imperious, and pink-footed, they hunt fish, frogs, and insects in shallow waters by holding their bills open until an unsuspecting meal swims into range.

Found throughout sub-Saharan Africa, the species is one of four African vultures recently downgraded to critically endangered by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. (A further more species were upgraded to endangered.)
I believe turkeys, with their bald heads and necks, are really vultures—or were mean to be by nature—and that no one will admit it so as not to ruin, forever, the traditional Thanksgiving dinner; for who would want to eat a vulture!!?? Come on—someone of authority at least admit they eat carrion when available and they’re hungry! In

Not the trussed-and-stuffed bird in the middle of your Thanksgiving dinner table, but a live, kicking, glaring American Wild Turkey? They’re cool, weird, and impressively ugly.