Top 10 rarest birds in the world
SOUTH PHILIPPINE DWARF KINGFISHER (CEYX MELANURUS):
For the first time in 130 years, this Philippine-based bird has been spotted, and for the first time ever - photographed and exposed to the world!
STRESEMANN'S BRISTLEFRONT (MERULAXIS STRESEMANNI):
is one of the rarest birds on earth - so rare that there is only one left. Researchers thought all was lost until in December 2018 in Brazil
New Zealand rock wren is endemic to the South Island of New Zealand. Its Māori name, pīwauwau, means "little complaining bird" and mātuitui which means "twitch", after its bobbing motion.
Native to the Philippines, the Rufous-headed Hornbill is one of the most endangered of its species. They sport a bony ‘casque’ which sticks out from the top of their wrinkly red-orangey bills.
KAKAPO (STRIGOPS HABROPTILUS):
The kakapo is a nocturnal, flightless parrot endemic to New Zealand with no close relatives at all! This odd-looking yet sweet bird is critically endangered.
BLUE-EYED GROUND-DOVE (COLUMBINA CYANOPIS):
These lovelies are the rarest and most endangered doves in the world, found in the Cerrado region of Brazil. For 75 years they were thought to be extinct.
The Dominican Republic’s Imperial Amazon, locally known as the sisserou, is endemic to this Caribbean island and is its national bird.
NEW CALEDONIAN OWLET-NIGHTJAR (AEGOTHELES SAVESI):
Also known as the “enigmatic Owlet-Nightjar” this is one of the most mysterious of all the rare birds on the list.
CEBU FLOWERPECKER (DICAEUM QUADRICOLOR):
Found only in the Cebu Islands in the Philippines, these birds were thought to be extinct due to the disappearance of their habitat.
GOLDEN PHEASANT (CHRYSOLOPHUS PICTUS): You might have seen these pheasants at the zoo but those are actually hybrids. The real golden pheasants are native to the Western forests of China.