Have it cross to your mind why some birds have such wacky beaks and how they manage to eat? Read on to learn more about these birds with oddly-shaped beaks.
Have it cross to your mind why some birds have such wacky beaks and how they are able to eat? Read on to learn more about these birds with oddly-shaped beaks.
A member of the woodpecker family, the bearded barbet is a resident breeder in tropical west Africa. This African bird is about 26 cm in length and weighs between 80 to 110 g. It has large head, with a short neck, and a short tail. A remarkable feature of this bird is the tuft of bristles under its beak that gives it the beard like” appearance hence its name The massive bill is not only use to feed on insects and fruit, but also to pound holes in dead trees.
A member of the finch family, Common crossbill is a common resident breeder in the dapper forests of North America, Europe as well as Asia. It is a small passerine bird noted for its large head and bill that overlap each other or crossed like an “X”. Nature intended it to be thus for a crossbill beak is use for getting seed from tree cones. Take note that the bills of young ones are not crossed at hatching, but cross as they grow.
Inhabiting the rain forest of Southeast Asia, particularly in Sumatra, Borneo, and Java, rhinoceros hornbill is a large arboreal bird with long, heavy bills. A black bird with a white belly, adults can grow up between 110- 127 cm and can weigh up to 3 kg. Like most other hornbills, the male has orange or red eyes, and the female has whitish eyes. One of the distinctive characteristic of this bird is the presence of the “casque”, a structure on top of the bill. Rhinoceros hornbills are born with white beak and casque, but as they grow older the beak takes a red-orange appearance. It is because of the constant rubbing of the beak against a gland beneath its tail, which give off an orange-red fluid. The beak is primarily use to knock down fruits.