Friday, October 7, 2011

Weirdest And Unique Creatures in The Avian World

A list of bizarre but beautiful and unusual species of birds.

There are more or less 9,000 known species of birds in the world. On this particular article, you will see a combination of weird-looking and amazingly unique species of birds. 
Helmeted Hornbill (Rhinoplax vigil)

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I am pretty sure that the first thing you'll do when you encounter this creepy creature in the wild is to run for your dear life. Who will not be afraid with the "horrible-looking" Helmeted Hornbill? This bird is a very large bird in the hornbill family. It is found in the Malay Peninsula, Sumatra and Borneo. The body length is 95-120 cm. Males weigh 3.1 kg and females weigh about 2.7 kg. Unlike other hornbills, the Helmeted Hornbill's casque is solid, and the skull including the casque and bill may constitute 10 percent of the bird's weight.

The casque is the source of a valuable carving material, hornbill ivory. Indigenous peoples also use the central tail feathers to decorate dancing cloaks and head-dresses. The Punan people believe that a large Helmeted Hornbill guards the river between life and death.

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