Wacky Bird Beaks

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.    

Bearded Barbet


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.

Rhinoceros hornbill 


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.

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31 Responses to “Wacky Bird Beaks”
  1. Brenda Nelson Says...

    On March 24, 2010 at 10:56 am

    excellent pictures, those are sure specialty bird beaks.

  2. Melody SJAL Says...

    On March 24, 2010 at 11:24 am

    Reminds me of Mr. Toucan in Dora, the Explorer. Nice post.

  3. CHAN LEE PENG Says...

    On March 24, 2010 at 11:55 am

    Great article with excellent pics.

  4. Jo Oliver Says...

    On March 24, 2010 at 1:02 pm

    Very cool and awesome pics.

  5. giftarist Says...

    On March 24, 2010 at 3:28 pm

    Cool pictures. Great research, kabayan.

  6. Phill Senters Says...

    On March 24, 2010 at 10:01 pm

    Great article Papaleng. I learned a little more about birds. The photos are great too.

  7. deep blue Says...

    On March 25, 2010 at 3:07 am

    Those are great bills indeed, kabayan. But I bet Hillary had the greatest Bill of all,lol.

  8. kate smedley Says...

    On March 25, 2010 at 3:21 am

    That’s a great article papaleng, the
    Crossbill looks as if there is something wrong with it, as does the Rhinoceros Hornbill – fascinating stuff. Excellent article.

  9. xoxo Says...

    On March 25, 2010 at 4:43 am

    Interesting article, kuya and these are such colorful birds. Ay kaganda :)

  10. revivor Says...

    On March 25, 2010 at 5:31 am

    hooked me as I read – loved the humming bird

  11. PR Mace Says...

    On March 25, 2010 at 3:50 pm

    Loved this article but it took me several times to pull it up.

  12. moneynwealth Says...

    On March 26, 2010 at 6:30 pm

    You are surely an explorer, nice write.
    to your success,
    moneynwealth :)

  13. LOVELYHONEY Says...

    On March 26, 2010 at 11:12 pm

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  14. Christine Ramsay Says...

    On March 27, 2010 at 5:23 pm

    Every creature id built to suit its purpose in life. This is a wonderful and well presented article.


  15. joyhyena29 Says...

    On March 27, 2010 at 6:37 pm

    great post^^

  16. K Kristie Says...

    On March 28, 2010 at 8:07 am

    A very educational post. Lol @deep blue.

  17. qasimdharamsy Says...

    On March 29, 2010 at 12:31 pm

    great post….very well presented…..

  18. T. S. GARP Says...

    On March 31, 2010 at 6:40 pm

    Very interesting and great photos!

  19. Patrick Regoniel Says...

    On April 3, 2010 at 1:45 am

    Nice collection of birds with unusual beaks.

  20. carloadriancanon Says...

    On April 7, 2010 at 1:30 am

    Great work KABAYAN.

  21. daintylad Says...

    On April 10, 2010 at 2:16 pm

    papaleng, the birds are truly magnificent. i admire how you do your articles. they are eye-catching!

  22. rizzei Says...

    On April 15, 2010 at 12:42 am


  23. neha80 Says...

    On April 26, 2010 at 2:48 am

    Interesting post, just today i know more about it. Good subject selection for writing articles. Thanks for sharing this good one.


  24. john tugano Says...

    On April 27, 2010 at 8:01 am

    so beautiful…

  25. mishee Says...

    On April 28, 2010 at 9:52 pm

    nice article, ang cute ng beaks nila :)

  26. amilia snow Says...

    On May 9, 2010 at 8:07 am

    my fave was the toucans :)

  27. bestone Says...

    On May 9, 2010 at 11:12 am

    very nice collection

  28. Versatile Artist Says...

    On May 13, 2010 at 3:17 pm

    Has only seen 2 of these birds and the rest was unknown to me.But having read this,its a fascination how nature created
    such neat looking birds.A awesome article and look forward to reading more of your work.

  29. Melody SJAL Says...

    On May 17, 2010 at 11:03 pm

    Another interesting article.

  30. ronthoughts Says...

    On June 18, 2010 at 4:11 am

    good post kabayan! hirap talaga nalalagpasan, sa ilalim punta mo!

  31. Kaye TM Says...

    On August 3, 2010 at 10:24 pm

    ganda papaleng. they’re wacky alright yet fancy too. =p

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