THE BEST Birds

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.

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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.

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!)

Flintstones Record Player IRL

Flintstones Record Player IRL

While the proper way to play a record is with a needle, it turns out that other sharp objects will do the trick, if not quite as well. Michael Ridge puts some bird songs on his turntable, then played them with the beak from a seagull’s skull. The bird is the word.

Owls’ Silent Flight

Owls’ Silent Flight

BBC Earth enlisted the help of audio technicians and and their fancy recording equipment to capture the sound of birds in flight, and demonstrate just how insanely quiet owls are when they fly. They pull it off thanks to their efficient, glider-like wing design.

Seagull vs. Seagull

Seagull vs. Seagull

A seagull spots another seagull moving in on its territory, and gives it a stern warning to keep away. The only problem is the other bird is just its reflection it a car’s shiny bumper cover. Guess you can’t expect too much from a brain the size of a pea.

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Ostrich vs. Bikers

Ostrich vs. Bikers

A couple of cyclists were taking a training ride through the roads of Cape Town, South Africa, when an unexpected rival found its way onto the course. Apparently this ostrich was so hell-bent on chasing off the bike riders that it kept up at speeds up to 30mph.

Falcon Belly Dance

Falcon Belly Dance

Amusing footage of Bertha, the American Kestrel as she maintains the position of her head perfectly no matter how much her handler seems to move around. We’re thinking the scientific name for her species should be Steadifalcon.

Parrot Bottle Opener

Parrot Bottle Opener

We’ve seen a bunch of crazy ways to open a bottle, but this guy might have taken the prize, having trained his Hyacinth Macaw Ringo to crack bottles open with his beak. We could have sworn we saw this on The Flintstones first.

Chickens Float

Chickens Float

While other scientists are still working on cures for lethal diseases, and engines that don’t need fuel, YouTuber nothd70 is proud to share the unambiguous conclusion of his research: IT FLOATS! CHICKENS FLOAT!

Super Villain Bird

Super Villain Bird

This bird’s evil laugh will have you convinced that he’s plotting to overthrow the world, while our hero is tied to a table with a laser pointed at his crotch. In fact, we wouldn’t be surprised if he’s the ring leader of the Duck Army.

Flaming Phoenix Puppet

Flaming Phoenix Puppet

Performance artist Cinder Petrichor demonstrates a truly unique puppet she designed and built to look like the mythical fiery bird rising from the ashes. The moving puppet doesn’t self destruct thanks to its wire and Kevlar construction.

This Cockatoo is an Asshole

This Cockatoo is an Asshole

And here we thought cats were the only jerks in the house. Turns out that birds can be pretty inconsiderate too, as is proven by this destructive cockatoo. Seriously, what did those cups ever to do you, Harley?

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Calm Owl

Calm Owl

You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means. That’s the phrase that kept going through our minds after watching this brief clip of an owl who is apparently in a very relaxed state. We’d hate to see her on edge.

This Parrot is Awesome

This Parrot is Awesome

Princess Yellow Feather sounds like the name of a character from a family flick, and this amazon parrot knows how to sing Everything is Awesome from The LEGO Movie like a boss. Best comment: “Everything is awesome…when you live in a tree.”

Seagull Steals GoPro

Seagull Steals GoPro

What is it with animals and cameras? These folks were shooting some video of a seagull while vacationing on the Cíes Islands in Spain, when the mischievous bird decided that it was time to grab their GoPro and make a run for it.

Man vs. Pigeon

Man vs. Pigeon

Redditor axw820 shares how he reacted while driving away a pigeon from his house. At least he got karma and money out of it, unlike when we and four other grown men tried to fend off a scabby rat with a feather duster and shrieks.

Cockatoo’s Cup Songs

Cockatoo’s Cup Songs

Harley the Cockatoo loves to scream into her plastic cups. She’s already recorded six hit singles, including the catchy AAAAH!, the self-cover AAAAH! and her a capella death metal track Walkie Talkie Shriekie.

Ambitious Woodpecker

Ambitious Woodpecker

Usually, woodpeckers tap away at trees to get some sap or bugs out of them, but it appears that this pileated ‘pecker spotted in New Brunswick, Canada has its sights set on chopping down and entire tree with its beak.

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