The bills of birds make them one of the most beautiful species on Earth. The long curved beaks of some birds help them to find food easily, also make more attractive than other birds. Here list of top 10 birds with amazing beaks.
10 Long Billed Curlew
Long-billed curlew is the longest shorebird of North America, also called a sickle bird. The 8.6 inch long bills in a 26-inch body become the main attraction on this species of bird. The long bill curved downwards, have a long neck and a small head. The female bird has a longer bill than that of male birds.
The long bill helped them to catch shrimps and crabs from deep tidal mudflats. They also feed on earthworms and grasshoppers. Long-billed curlews used to make a nest in dry places using material such as pebbles, grass, stems, twigs, and seeds. The chicks also leave the nest soon after hatching.
9 Atlantic Puffin
Atlantic puffin is an attractive species of seabird native to the Atlantic ocean. They have a colorful broad and triangular beak, the half nearest tip of the beak is orange inc color and half nearest to head is slate grey. The only adult Atlantic puffins have such broadbills, younger on growing stage the upper edge curve of bill develops.
Atlantic puffins have penguin-like colors, called a clown of the sea. They spend most of their lives at sea, used to rest in waves. Using their wings also swims underwater, dive at depth of 200 meters, can catch a number of fishes at a time using broad beak. The waterproof feathers allow them to stay wars when they float in the ocean.
8 Black Skimmer
The unique long beak of black skimmer makes them totally different from that of fother shorebirds, native to North and South America. The bill is long but thin, the lower mandible is longer than the upper one. The part of bil nearest to the head is deep orange and nearest to tip is deep black.
This unique shaped bill also helps them in searching for food, drags the lower bill while they fly over the surface of the water, helps them to catch small fishes easily. Black skimmers usually feed in large flocks, travel a distance of 5 miles in search of food.
7 American White Pelican
Largest aquatic bird in the world native to Central and South America. They grow up to a size of 70 inches and their huge beak measures up to 15.2 inches. The lower mandible of American white pelican acts like a filter, help them to catch fishes and to filter out the water.
Inbreeding season their bill becomes deeper in color, vivid orange colors. Interestingly a unique ‘horn’ will also grow in the upper bill of American white pelican during the breeding season. This type of horn never can seen with other pelican species.
6 Roseate Spoonbill
The unique spoon like beak itself brings this common name for this bird. Their bills are very long and flattened, found in large numbers in Caribbean shores, Central America, Mexico.
This wading bird uses its special beak to collect food like small aquatic insects and fishes. The long legs of roseate spoonbills help them easily walk in water, the bright pink coloring feathers also makes this species of the bird more attractive.
5 Shoe Bill
Shoebills are pre-historic looks tall bird native to Africa. The massive shoe-shaped bill itself is the main attraction of this bird, which also helps to get this name. Te bulbous bill of these birds grow up to a size of 9.4 inches, have grayish marking in it. The sharp edges of mandibles help them to catch prey easily.
They also have a sharp hook at the tip of the bill, can easily pierce on any prey. Fishes become the main food of shoebills, they also feed on frogs, water snakes, snails, and turtles.
Flamingos are large pink colored birds found in saline and alkaline lakes of many continents. Just like the color of the feather the unique shape of the beak makes flamingos special among species of birds. Their bent bills act as a filter, help to feed on small fishes, plankton and larvae from the mud. The bills have black color at the tip and pale orange at part next to the head.
Flamingos used to feed in flocks, in that way they can alarm other flamingos whose head is down in the mud, in searching for food. They also found in colonies in breeding time. Flamingos also born in grey color and only turn to pale color after two years.
3 Keel-Billed Toucan
Keel-billed toucan also called rainbow billed toucan because of colored large bill, native to South America. Their bill grows up to a length of 20 cm, almost one-third of the length of their body. It is one of the colorful beaks in the world, can see different colors, but green color is found to be spread in most of all areas.
The length of the bill of keel-billed toucan doesn’t affect the balance of the body as it is very light but very strong. They usually feed on fruits and berries, also like to have insects, lizards, and small frogs.
2 Great Hornbill
Great hornbills are one of the largest members of the hornbill family native to Southeast Asia. They have a yellow-colored curved massive bill, the black and yellow mixed casque at top of the bill becomes a prominent feature of great hornbill.
The casque on top of the bill has a concave shape and no special purpose other than sexual selection. During breeding season great hornbill also makes loud duet, the rapid mixture of barks and roar.
1 Rhinoceros Hornbill
Rhinoceros hornbill has an upward curve casque on their bill, just like rhino horns, native to the rain forest of Indonesia, Thailand, and Singapore. This casque is the largest one among horn families, which also brings this common name for them. Male’s casque is a little bigger than that of female birds.
It took almost six for the completion of the growth of casque over the bill of rhinoceros hornbill. They also this casque to amplify its calls, becomes so loud, can hear throughout the forest.