THE BEST Birds

Bird on a Skateboard

Bird on a Skateboard

2020 is off to a hell of a vicious start, and it’s The Awesomer’s job to offer up some distractions from the madness around us. This video of a bird riding a skateboard should help distract you for the next 40 seconds or so. Meanwhile, we’ll get back to work filling your web browser with more innocuous stuff.

True Facts About the Ostrich

True Facts About the Ostrich

“Just one of your eyeballs is bigger than your whole brain.” Zefrank has a thing or three to say about the lanky and awkward flightless bird, most of it unflattering. On the other hand, they’re faster than you, so they’ve got that going for them. They also have a way with the lady ostriches.

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World’s Loudest Bird

World’s Loudest Bird

Procnias albus – aka the white bellbird – has a call that sounds more like a fire alarm than something that should come out if its beak. The dove-sized bird can belt out a noise that registers up to 124.5 decibels. That’s nine decibels louder than the previous record holder, the screaming piha, and roughly as loud as a pile driver.

The Falconeer (Teaser)

The Falconeer (Teaser)

We don’t know too much about the upcoming game The Falconeer, but it’s clear from the teaser trailer that the open-world fantasy RPG looks gorgeous – and involves dogfighting between giant birds – and that sounds pretty awesome to us.

A Song About Birds

A Song About Birds

(PG-13: Language) The Van Vuuren Bros. present a little song about our fine-feathered friends, most of whom they really like, except maybe one. If you thought pigeons were rats with wings, wait until you meet a flock of Ibises down under.

Catastrophe

Catastrophe

A cat is tempted by a little bird in a cage, but its owner is having none of that. Despite the cat’s best intentions to honor its master’s wishes, all hell breaks loose as soon as she leaves the house. A hilarious and dark slapstick animation by director Jamille van Wijngaarden and keplerfilm.

SkateBIRD

SkateBIRD

This lighthearted game puts you in control of a little bird who’s learning to fly – on a skateboard. The tiny skatepark is made up of office supplies like staplers, scissors, and sticky notes, offering a fun place for our avian friends to take flight. Grab the Alpha demo version of the game here.

Our Planet: Birds of Paradise

Our Planet: Birds of Paradise

Netflix shares a wonderful bit of footage from the David Attenborough-narrated series Our Planet, introducing us to a few species of exotic birds residing in New Guinea, highlighted by the western parotia, a fastidious little fellow who must put on quite the show to attract a mate.

The Field Guide to Dumb Birds

The Field Guide to Dumb Birds

The Field Guide to Dumb Birds of North America is the perfect reference book for identifying our flying friends (and enemies). It features 50 snarky descriptions of annoying, dumb, and stupid looking avians you might find in your backyard.

Vintage Camper Birdhouses

Vintage Camper Birdhouses

These small wooden birdhouses from OneManOne Garage are inspired by the look of classic Scotty campers. Each one comes flat-packed and ready to assemble without glue. Available fully-painted or unpainted if you want to do your own decodrating.

GoPro Eagle Cam

GoPro Eagle Cam

To further demonstrate the HyperSmooth stabilization tech in the GoPro HERO7 Black, the company dropped this video, featuring a trained eagle fitted with a special harness and one of their latest action cams, providing a literal bird’s-eye view of a soccer stadium.

Talking Turkey

Talking Turkey

We always thought the whole gobble gobble sound that turkeys made was gibberish, but as naturalist and author Joe Hutto explained on the BBC series Natural World, these big birds actually have a whole lot to say, and are much smarter than you might think.

Heavy Metal Bird Sounds

Heavy Metal Bird Sounds

(PG-13: Language) There’s a whole lot of screeching and squawking going on in heavy metal music. Two Minutes to Late Night sat down with bird expert Tom Stevenson of BirdGenie to see if he could identify which birds various metal vocalists sound like.

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The Eagle Wannabe

The Eagle Wannabe

Le Corbeau voulant imiter l’Aigle, or The Raven Who Wished to Imitate the Eagle, is an amusing animated tale of envy set in the world of ornithology from YouTube member Fou Dubulbe. Because jealousy and irony aren’t just limited to the human world.

How Do Birds Learn to Sing?

How Do Birds Learn to Sing?

Birds can make some crazy noises, from mimicking sounds of their environment to singing repetitive patterns unique to their species. TED-Ed looks at the ways in which our fine feathered friends pick up their songs, and carry them on generation after generation.

Kookaburra Supervillain

Kookaburra Supervillain

The laughing kookaburra bird lives up to its name with one of the most charming calls around. But Connor Margetts figured out that if he slows down the sound of his bird, Dacelo, that lighthearted call takes on a decidedly more evil tone.

Crocodile Attack!

Crocodile Attack!

A yellow-billed stork was enjoying a calm and peaceful day dipping its beak into the water in South Africa’s Kruger National Park when a vicious croc came out of nowhere and tried to attack. Fortunately, the bird kept its wits, and all is right with the world.

Hummingbird Pool Party

Hummingbird Pool Party

For most of us, it’s rare to see even a single hummingbird. But check out this fun footage of a whole mess of the speedy little birds splashing about in a fountain. The sound of these little guys buzzing about never gets old.

Pelicans: Evolution of a Dive Bomber

Pelicans: Evolution of a Dive Bomber

Pelicans grab fish by swooping into shallow water at speeds up to 40 mph. Deep Look explains how these birds have evolved to help them survive and excel in their otherwise lethal hunting technique.

Ducks on a Mission

Ducks on a Mission

Each day, hundreds of Indian Runner ducks make their way to their day jobs – eating snails that might otherwise damage crops at South Africa’s Vergenoegd vineyard. Benny Hill version here. Original footage via Reuters.

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Turkey Go-Round

Turkey Go-Round

We’re just going to file this one under the “WTF” category. What this guy captured while driving through an office parking lot is strange indeed, as a group of three turkeys decided to endlessly chase each other around a tree trunk. We can’t wait for the turkey tilt-a-whirl to open.

Eagle vs. Drone

Eagle vs. Drone

While drones can be used for good, they can also be used for nefarious purposes. A police program in The Netherlands has been training eagles to snatch threatening drones right out of the air. Apparently, they’re working on armor to protect the birds from more powerful rotors.

Feeding Bald Eagles

Feeding Bald Eagles

Bald eagles are incredibly beautiful and majestic, but we’d still be afraid they’d peck our eyeballs out (or worse) if we got too close. Not so for Alaskan fisherman Jessie Peck, as he tosses out some scraps of fish to a flock of the big birds.

LWT: Birds

LWT: Birds

(PG-13: Language) While on hiatus, John Oliver stopped by the Last Week Tonight set to record a brief public service announcement about our fine feathered friends. We’re guessing a pigeon pooped on his freshly pressed suit on his way to the studio.

Parrot McConaughey

Parrot McConaughey

Einstein the parrot is a bird of many words and many sounds. But when it comes to his impression of Matthew McConaughey, he has just one thing to say. We’ll give you a clue: it’s not “time is a flat circle.” (Thanks Jeff!)

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