Hello and welcome to the last part of the most unique birds of the world! Today we finish off with five very diverse birds, spanning all across the globe. So let’s start off with one of my favorites and Guatemala’s national bird;
Coming from the misty cloud forests spread out from Southern Mexico to western Panama, these colorful birds are quite popular in Guatemala. So much so that they named their currency after them! If that wasn’t enough an image of them can be seen perched on their coat of arms and flag. They mostly eat fruit, settling inside the rotted out portion of an old tree.
Next up, the rainbow lorikeet; a parrot coming from the eastern edge of Australia. Nectar and pollen are some of their favorite foods, and they have a tongue perfect for scooping it out. When traveling in a flock, the male will puff up his feathers and dance around his mate to assure no other birds come to steal her food. They will stay with their mate for life.
From the eastern parts of America, this bright bird will eat almost any insect you can think of, crawling or flying – even bees and hornets. When insect numbers are low, they’ll eat a wide variety of berries. They migrate to northwestern South America around April, and again around October, staying in the warm forests for winter.
Found in Colombia, Venezuela, and the Caribbean islands of Aruba, Curaçao, Bonaire, and Puerto Rico, this bright bird enjoys the dryer stretched of land and is often seen perching on the cacti growing there. As a matter of fact, the fruit of giant cacti is one of their favorites! When it comes to building nests, the pair is a bit lazy – finding a vacant nest instead of building one.
All the way from the rugged, southeastern parts of Africa, our last bird is the purple-crested turaco. Besides living in moist woodlands, not too much is known about these birds. Sounds real mysterious, doesn’t it? They do enjoy fruit though, both wild and cultivated.
And with that little guy, this concludes this series. Hopefully you’ve discovered an amazing new bird or found another favorite. But just because this series is over doesn’t mean there won’t be another. No, now YOU get to help choose what the next series will be about. Vote below and don’t forget to hit the follow button on the right side of the page!