Flight is a fascinating part of evolutionary history and today there are around 10,000 described species of bird, of which few would appear stranger than the Helmeted hornbill (Rhinoplax vigil). This is the largest of the hornbills and it lives in parts of South-East Asia. It is characterized by the helmet like lump on top of its head. This "helmet" is used for fighting and sometimes digging, and consists of an ivory-like substance and it can be around 10 percent of the bird's weight.
These are just few of nature's weird species, there are many more! Because of the wonder that is natural selection, each odd feature has a specific role in the behavior and ecology of these species, and these animals should be celebrated just like the more "attractive" animals. Have a look at the animal orders for yourself and see what amazingly bizarre animals we share a planet with!
by Oliver Cook Oliver Cook is an Intern at Frontier, an international non-profit volunteering NGO. Frontier has over 300 dedicated conservation and community development projects as well as plenty of inspiring gap year ideas to help make your time out meaningful. For more information on all the opportunities available please visit www.frontier.ac.uk. Check out Frontier's blog ‘Into the Wild' where you can read more articles like this! Happy reading!
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