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Weird Birds are one of the most unusual creations that we have in this world.
11. Vampire Finch
Bram Stoker meets The Birds. Just when it couldn
12. Greater Honeyguide
The Greater Honeyguide has developed a strong relationship with humans by guiding them to honey so the humans can break open the hive. The humans are supposed to then share with the bird. However, the only bird that does business with man has an unethical side that borders on nightmarish. Greater Honeyguides emerge featherless from eggs laid in songbird nests
13. African Crowned Eagle
South-Central and East Africa is home to a huge raptor that may be a man-eater. The African Crowned Eagle is one of the largest birds of prey on the planet, and it relies on sizable monkeys as a primary component of its diet. On one occasion, a Crowned Eagle attacked a seven year old child on the way to school, and bystander intervention was required to free the child from the eagle
14. Great Gray Shrike
The Great Gray Shrike is a magnificent relative of crows and the innocent looking vireos. But this songbird is a wannabe raptor, and due to its inferiority complex, Shrikes come with their hang-ups. Literally. Great Grays lure in songbirds by mimicking their calls, hammering them to death once they are within reach. Lacking talons, the Shrike drags its prey to the nearest barbed wire or thorn bush, impaling it forcefully on the object. The prey is then torn apart and consumed. During the breeding season, males impale multiple songbirds along the perimeter of their territory to ward off rivals and impress hens.
15. Antarctic Giant Petrel
Popular penguin films fail to disclose a terrible and dark shadow looming over the colonies of these almost humanlike Antarctic waterbirds. Macronectes giganteus. The Southern Giant Petrel. Weighing up to 18 pounds (8 kg) with a wingspan of 7 feet (2 meters,) the ghastly Giant Petrel stalks the colonies of multiple penguin species. Entire adult penguins and the large young of huge Emperor Penguins are seized by this monstrous, yellow eyed marine bird with the appearance of a gigantic gull or demonized albatross. Having no raptorial adaptations, this terrifying avian freak of nature conducts incredibly crude and brutal butcherings in its bid to live like an eagle. You can see a shocking attack here.
16. Vulturine Guinea Fowl
Vulturine Guinea Fowl are extraordinarily creepy game birds. These highly aggressive, sharp beaked ground stalkers hunt in groups, and unusually for a relative of chickens, capture and kill small mammals. It is their appearance that is the most horrifying, however. Vulturines have dark plumage from which emerges a snakelike neck. On top is a nearly featherless head from which several accent feathers stick out. The bright red, staring eyes add to the awful appearance. To resolve territorial disputes, the males of this primitive bird species lash out with sharp spurs and slash opponents with their sharp bills.
17. Great White Pelican
Great White Pelicans roam the coasts of Eurasia, filling their multi-gallon bills with fish and other sea life. However, there are few limits to the pelican
If youve never heard of mealworm feeding, then you need to get out more, my friend. Mealworms are one of the fastest-growing bird-feeding trends of the past decade. Our initial mealworm feeding was aimed at our bluebirds. Now our avian mealworm fans include cardinals, chickadees, titmice, white-breasted nuthatches, chipping, song, and field sparrows, downy woodpeckers, and Carolina wrens. Some feeder operators have had success in attracting warblers, vireos, tanagers, and orioles to mealworms. If you want to try mealworm feeding, find a local pet store or bait store that carries mealworms and buy a few dozen. Offer them near your existing feeders in a heavy shallow dish with slick vertical sides (lest the mealworms make their escape). It may take a while for your birds to tune into the presence of live food, but once they do, look out! We go through at least 1,000 mealworms in a month, and we dole them out sparingly. When youre ready to get serious about mealworm feeding, youll certainly want to buy your mealies by mail-order and you may want to get a feeder specifically designed for mealworms.
This bird food was another compost pile revelation. Our kids love spaghetti with butter (no sauce, please) so we fix boatloads of it. When we cant reheat it even one more time, the leftover pasta goes on the compost pile where the birds enjoy it al fresco. Weve had a brown thrasher, blue jays, and titmice so into the pasta that youd think they were extras on The Sopranos. Then theres our macaroni-and-cheese-loving red-bellied woodpecker. Offering pasta, like a lot of these weird foods, is best done in dry weather. We cut down on the compost pile feeding in mid-winter when were beset by 40 to 100 starlings. Even so, its nice to see our leftovers consumed by something other than our pesky raccoons.
20. Pumpkin or Melon Seeds
Last Halloween, after Julie and the kids carved our pumpkins, Phoebe was sent out to dump the pumpkin guts on the compost pile. Half an hour later she called out,Hey! Theres a gray bird eating the pumpkin stuff! Sure enough, a late lingering gray catbird was billing through the wet pile of pumpkin innards eating bits and pieces. After the seeds dried out the cardinals and titmice made the pumpkin pile a regular feeding spot. Now we often save our pumpkin, squash, and melon seeds, dry them in the oven, and spread them out on our large platform feeder. Not all the birds can crack these tough seeds, but those that can waste no time in clearing them off the feeder. Melon rinds can work the same magic. We never get yellow-breasted chats or brown thrashers at our feeders, but they are regulars on our compost pile when theres a strategically placed watermelon rind, with just a little extra melon still on it.
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