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16 Birds You Won't Believe Actually Exist

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Posted on September 29, 2015, at 8:01 a.m. ET

1. This bird that wants you to think it's a cartoon character.

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The superb bird-of-paradise has possibly the most surreal mating display you'll ever see. They perform their dance in a small territory that they defend when other males come along.

2. This taxidermy project gone wrong.

The helmeted hornbill is a large bird with a call that sounds like "maniacal laughter".
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The helmeted hornbill is a large bird with a call that sounds like "maniacal laughter".

3. This bird who is definitely not a puppet.

The moustached kingfisher is an elusive forest-dweller – this photo, released last week, is one of the first ever taken of it.
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The moustached kingfisher is an elusive forest-dweller – this photo, released last week, is one of the first ever taken of it.

4. This bird who doesn't know why you keep laughing at his face.

The Sri Lanka frogmouth is nocturnal and lives in south India and (surprise!) Sri Lanka.
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The Sri Lanka frogmouth is nocturnal and lives in south India and (surprise!) Sri Lanka.

5. This extremely ~fancy~ bird of paradise.

The Wilson's bird-of-paradise is native to the Papuan islands of Waigeo and Batanta in Indonesia.
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The Wilson's bird-of-paradise is native to the Papuan islands of Waigeo and Batanta in Indonesia.

6. And this one.

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The lesser bird-of-paradise is native to Papau New Guinea.

7. This bird that got into a fight with some stage make-up and lost.

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The king vulture can have a wingspan of nearly 6 feet and feeds on carrion.

8. This bird... sorry I mean butterfly. Totally a butterfly.

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The blue bird-of-paradise flips itself upside down and fans its plumage in its mating display.

9. This master of darkness.

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The Victoria's riflebird's party trick is to shape shift by spreading its wings out like this.

10. This bird with the best damn eyebrow you will ever see.

This bird's actual name is Guianan cock-of-the-rock, just fyi.
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This bird's actual name is Guianan cock-of-the-rock, just fyi.

11. And this bird who is totally jealous.

This bird's actual name is Andean cock-of-the-rock.
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This bird's actual name is Andean cock-of-the-rock.

12. This bird who just can't control his feet.

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The Magnificent riflebird is a bird of paradise. That brillant blue bit is a patch on its throat.

13. This bird you absolutely do not want to cross.

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The shoebill's latin name is Balaeniceps rex, and they can reach a height over 4 feet.

(Just in case you need a still photo to be truly terrified of this bird.)
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(Just in case you need a still photo to be truly terrified of this bird.)

14. This bird that looks like it might topple over at any moment.

The lettered aracari is a small species of toucan (in case you couldn't tell).
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The lettered aracari is a small species of toucan (in case you couldn't tell).

15. This psychedelic seagull.

Known as the red-footed booby, for obvious reasons.
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Known as the red-footed booby, for obvious reasons.

16. This bird who is definitely not on drugs.

The common potoo is nocturnal and is found in Central and South America.
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The common potoo is nocturnal and is found in Central and South America.

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