Top 10 Birds With Strange Defense Mechanisms In The World

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10. Potoo




Potoo are bizarre nocturnal predators, also called “Ghost Birds”. The Potoo feeds on small creatures like insects, bats and birds. These birds sit perched upon branches, motionless, camouflaging as dead or broken tree stumps. These defend themselves from the predators by keeping an eye on them even with their closed eyes. These birds remain undeterred even if big animals approach them.



9. Killdeer




Killdeer have a noisy bird that makes its babies vulnerable. They defend themselves with a clever ‘broken wing act’. When the birds see a predator around their nests, they fake a distress call, and pretend like their wings are broken. The adults of this bird species fly off, seeing that there are big predators around.



8. Hooded Pitohui


Hooded Pitohui


Hooded Pitohui is a highly poisonous bird that feeds on beetles containing strong neurotoxin alkaloid. These birds use their poison to defend themselves from the preys. They also rub the poison onto their eggs to avoid getting trapped.



7. Fulmar




Fulmar name is Norse for foul gull. They are infamous for their foul odor. The eggs and adults of Fulmar are highly dangerous for their preys. Their poor sense of smell, but weird lifestyle lead them defend themselves from the attackers.



6. Ferruginous Pygmy Owl


Ferruginous Pygmy Owl


Ferruginous Pygmy Owl feeds on nice and rodents. They are strong birds, and are capable to take down the other bird species for obtaining their food. Mobbing can be very dangerous for the small ferruginous pygmy owls. So, they defend themselves with the two large spots at the back of the head, and approach the other side.



5. Hoopoe




Hoopoe is a famous bird species of Israel. These have highly effective and powerful defensive techniques. It has a gland near its anus. The birds produce a substance that smells foul, and rub its feathers in this. In this way, these birds stay protected from the predators. This substance also repels parasite and protects the bird from diseases.



4. Eurasian Cuckoo


Eurasian Cuckoo


Eurasian Cuckoo birds lay eggs in other bird’s nests. The hatched chicks are destroyed by the host’s eggs and chicks, and eliminate competitors. The birds live in groups and make strong colonies, thus, prove to be highly powerful for the strong predators. They never feel scared of the attackers.



3. Burrowing Owl


Burrowing Owl


Burrowing Owl live in colonies and sometimes prove to be vulnerable for the predators. Whenever they feel threatened by an approaching animal, the chick produces a hissing sound to let the partners beware of the attacker. This is how they protect themselves.



2. Hoatzin




Hoatzin birds feed on leaves and digest them with bacterial fermentation, which give it a stench. They protect themselves by leaping into the water. The chick is an excellent diver and swimmer, and when they feel it is safe again, they climb back to the earth.



1. African White Masked Owl


African White Masked Owl


African White Masked Owl birds also carry strange defense mechanisms. When confronted by an aggressive enemy, it does what most owls do. These puff the features out and start to hiss, appearing bigger and fierce. In this way, the predators stay miles away from these creatures.