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I Bet You Didn't Know These Birds Even Existed, But They Do. They're Awesome.


We promise that you've never seen these birds on Animal Planet. They're rare, exotic, and a must see on your radar. Because from super horned birdies from South America, to the crowned kings of the jungle, these 20 colorfully awesome birds will leave you wondering how those TV shows ever missed them.

1. Wilson's Bird-of-Paradise

Oddly, the turquoise crown of the male is actually a patch of bare skin, not feathers.

2. Long-Tailed Widowbird

Hailing from South Africa, the male of the species can have a tail over 16 inches long.

3. Lilac-Breasted Roller

He gets his name from an impressive courtship flight that dives in short bursts and motions, accompanied by loud noises.

4. D'Arnaud's Barbet

This is one of 42 barbet species, all of which are found in sub-Saharan Africa.

5. Capped Heron

Their "paws" are muffled, so good luck finding this recluse bird.

6. Curl-Crested Aracari

Toucan Sam?!?

7. King of Saxony Bird-of-Paradise

It's horns are so random, that Europeans thought they were fake when first imported.

8. Malabar Pied Hornbill

The tribal people of central India believed that hanging a skull of the hornbill brought wealth.

9. Royal Flycatcher

Flying like a fan until it wants to mate, this "crown" is a unique characteristic of this rare bird.

10. Red-Bearded Bee-Eater

They can catch bugs... IN MID-AIR.

11. Splendid Fairywren

This odd male changes color to bright blue when mating. Otherwise, they're pink like their female counterparts.

12. Horned Sungem

A South American hummingbird that's known to be quite annoying, even if it's pretty.

13. Resplendent Quetzal

This is the national bird of Guatemala, and it's even found on their money.

14. Inca Tern

They have mustaches, and are found in Peru. Enough said.

15. Kea

Known as the only parrot found south of New Zealand, they're known to be incredibly intelligent.

16. Purple Gallinule

It can walk on plants, and on the water. Whoa.

17. Spangled Cotinga

This silent bird will get mad, and loud, if you're a predator.

18. White-Throated Kingfisher

This bird digs massive holes to nest, especially under roads.

19. Livingstone's Turaco

They hate bananas. Fact.

20. Red-Naped Trogon

Found in Borneo, he's currently threatened.

(via Distractify)

Why can't any of those birds ever show up around my house? Those gray pigeons just aren't doing it for me anymore. I guess it's off to South America then!

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