From the brutal spurs of graceful waterfowl
to the bone-dropping tactics of vultures, today we look at the Most Dangerous Birds
On Earth. #10 Giant Petrel
Often referred to as Stinkers or Gluttons, the scavenging bird species near Antarctica
have a nasty track record. Opportunistic to a fault, the Giant Petrel
[pet-trul] is known for not only feeding on the carcasses of deceased penguins and seals,
but also laying an aggressive, boisterous claim to their food. Assuming a hostile stance with wings outstretched
and eyes focused on any competitors, the Petrel scares away any that approach. Feeding on both land and sea, this carrion
hunter also consumes fish, krill, and squid. This has caused them to become a pest among
fishing vessels as the Petrel [pet-trul] will follow these boats and pick at any meat remnants
they can find. But just because they don’t often feed on
live prey doesn’t mean they can’t threaten them. The giant Petrel has been seen assaulting
emperor penguins, small seals, and even albatross, either blatantly attacking them or drowning
them. #9 Mute Swan
Renowned for its majestic beauty throughout its native region of Eurasia, the Mute Swan
isn’t just another elegant waterfowl. Not one for small talk, this bird is often
identified by its unique beak pattern and strange techniques of communication. Adults will use a mix of grunts, whistles
and snorts to communicate with their young or threatening predators. As a swimming bird, they can typically swim
away from any danger, but when push comes to shove, the mute swan shoves hard. Equipped with a large snapping bill and bony
spurs hidden in their wings, they thrash their foes with brutal intensity. This is only compounded by their inherent
territorial nature. One incident in 2012 demonstrated just how
brutal they can be when a kayaker came under attack at a Chicago condominium’s pond. He was actually looking after the local mute
swan population when a bothered swan knocked him out of his boat and proceeded to flail
against him until he drowned. #8 Lammergeier (Bearded Vulture)
Known for its nasty diet and behavior, the Lammergeier , meaning “Lamb Vulture” in
German, has a gruesome reputation among some. This fully feather-headed scavenger has been
rumored to carry off small livestock and even children! But the Lammergeier isn’t quite as bloodthirsty
as its name suggests. Also known as the Bearded Vulture, this bird
feeds on a diet of the remnants they find, with bones making up about 80% of their average
meals. To get this food, the vulture will take the
bones of a deceased animal and drop them onto their favorite breaking points, typically
large boulders, called ossuarie. This breaks the bones into small enough pieces
for them to swallow and digest with their extremely acidic stomach. Now this may sound like that would make them
less of a threat to living humans, right? Well, tell that to the ancient Greek playwright
who legend says perished when a large bird dropped a tortoise on his bald head, mistaking
it for a rock. Some hypothesize this to have been the Lammergeier. #7 Ostrich
The largest and heaviest living bird, the African Ostrich is as powerful as it is big. Capable of sprinting speeds up to 43 miles
per hour, the ostrich can typically outrun most of its would-be predators. At an average weight of 140 to 320 pounds
and heights ranging from six to nine feet tall, they can often fight off enemies. Sporting large, lizard-like feet, the ostrich
can deliver walloping kicks using their extremely large claws to dispose of any attackers that
might get too close. Encounters with these giants of Africa can
prove to be fatal with up to three attacks resulting in serious injury or worse occurring
in South Africa annually. #6 Harpy Eagle
Sporting a wind-swept cowlick, the majestic Harpy Eagle is native to the jungles and rainforests
of South America. This gray and white bird may look a little
funny with its tufts of feathers protruding from the back of its head like a beaked Alfalfa,
but don’t let its goofy hairdo fool you. This is one mean bird of prey. With an average weight of 13 to 20 pounds,
a length of up to 3 and a half feet, and a wingspan larger than most grown men, female
harpy eagles dwarf their male counterparts. Great hunters have great tools, though, and
this bird is no different with the largest talons of any living eagle. These large raptors have been known to carry
away prey as large as small livestock, clutching things like chickens, lambs, goats, and even
small pigs! Harpy eagles have even been documented carrying
up to their own body weight in prey, even going so far as to snatch a live sloth or
howler monkey from the canopies they roam. In 2010, a harpy eagle was recorded attacking
a research crew that was attempting to install cameras in the nest of a female eagle. Dressed in kevlar padding with a full body
protection suit and helmet, cameraman James Aldred survived the vicious attack of an almost
20 pound raptor as the mother eagle swooped in to protect her nest. The brutal assault tore through Aldred’s
armor, knocked out the communication equipment on his helmet, and left him nearly unconscious. This team of filmmakers learned the hard way
not to mess with the harpy eagle. #5 The Great Northern Loon
The provincial bird of Ontario, Canada and state bird of Minnesota, the Great Northern
Loon is a feisty swimmer with a stiletto-esque beak. This bird is at home on the water and dives
for its prey, chasing down fish with its powerful webbed feet. Normally calm if left to their own devices,
immature loons have many predators and adults will become highly violent if threatened. It’s sharp beak becomes an instrument of
execution as it charges towards and targets the abdomen and neck of the oncoming predators. This proved especially dangerous for ornithologists
working to conserve the species by placing bands on their legs to track migratory patterns. In one instance, an ornithologist was mistaken
for a predator by a skeptical loon and immediately met his demise as his heart was pierced through
his ribcage by the bird’s beak. So if the avian scientists trying to protect
the Great Northern Loon can’t even approach it without fear, it’s probably best for
you to steer clear of them as well. #4 Buzzard
Often thought synonymous with the vulture, the Common Buzzard is a woodland bird of prey
with a more hawkish appearance. It normally feeds on small mammals, preferably
field voles, and will eat some carrion, preferring to hunt over open land than the forests they
reside in. Over time, it’s shown to adapt to a variety
of dietary changes, including rabbits, snakes, lizards and pheasants. They’ve even been seen roaming recently
upturned soil on farms, seeking out insects and worms to prey upon as well. This extreme adaptiveness is made all the
more frightening by a sudden stint of attacks on humans, with the most recent incidents
occurring just last year. More than a dozen attacks on runners in the
town of Derby, England put the town in a bit of an uproar as heads were being scarred from
the razor sharp claws of the buzzard onslaught. One victim described it as “like being hit
with a baseball bat.” Experts say the buzzard is at least 6 years
old, meaning another three to four years of avian terror. In the meantime, officials in Derby have advised
all runners to avoid that area for the time being. #3 Australian Magpie
In the human world, love has a reputation for driving people crazy. So it’s no surprise that some animals have
a tendency to act the same way. Such is the case for the Australian Magpie. Widespread throughout the majority of Australia,
New Guinea and New Zealand, the magpie is typically on good terms with people. Its complex songs, iconic feather pattern,
and cultural appearances all make it a staple of Australian life, and as such many citizens
will feed wild magpie. But from late August to mid October every
year, the breeding season makes these birds go bananas. Typically less than nine percent of magpies
will swoop and attack nearby humans during these months, beginning with ominous warnings
before escalating to full blown battery. These aggressive birds, usually male, will
target the eyes, face and chest of unsuspecting victims, and have been documented swooping
head first into cyclists. Regardless of where they target, though, the
magpie prefers to attack from the person’s blind spot, catching them off guard. The attacks have become so incessant during
this season that some people have taken to wearing helmets with eyes painted on the back
or sunglasses on the back of their head as a deterrent. Yet rather than putting on a clever disguise,
it might just be easier to give these love birds a little privacy for a month. #2 Herring Gull
Like many animals, the European Herring Gull can be extremely territorial and hostile towards
would-be invaders. But as waste levels increase and urban areas
across Europe provide a more reliable food source, they just don’t squabble with other
gulls. They’ve begun harassing humans. Weighing up to three pounds with a wingspan
of around five feet, these moderately sized birds are like sky-bound muggers as they pounce
on people for any food they can find. Various incidents have been reported across
the United Kingdom of herring gull attacks. In one report, a small boy received a series
of cuts to his face as a herring gull swooped in to steal his sausage. Another report from 2001 includes a woman
who suffered deep head wounds and a dog who lost its life in a gull attack. There has even been a fatality due to gull
attack as in 2002 when an elderly man passed after suffering a heart attack while swarmed
by herring gulls. #1 Cassowary
Like something straight out of Jurassic World, the Southern Cassowary looks more like a dinosaur
than it does a bird. Standing nearly six feet tall on average,
and weighing in at more than 130 pounds, this land-bound beast has a bright blue tinge to
its head skin, a red neck appendage, and a large, solid crest protruding from its skull. It’s long legs lead down to a large, three-toed
foot with claws up to five inches in length. Usually peaceful in their scavenging for food
from the forest floor, the fierce Cassowary has shown hyper territorial tendencies, going
so far as to disembowel human invaders with its eviscerating talons and powerful kick
strength. Luckily it’s native to the rainforests of
Northwestern Australia and New Guinea, so unless you’re Lara Croft or Indiana Jones,
there’s a slim chance you’ll get cornered by this prehistoric looking bird.

Author Since: Mar 11, 2019

  1. LOL, this is fucking hilarious!!
    You must be "fighting starvation and almost succombing to the hungerpangs" every single morning when coming down for breakfast.

    Pathetic narrator!
    Drowned bij a bird that is on avergae only (max.) 1/7 or 1/8th of a (normal) human weight? And because of its hollow bones as fragile as they come… Pull another one! (Yes I have handled a lot of swans- they are all bluff) – number 8: all legend, no fact… Bird defending its nest –> "a brutal attack"….

  2. Why did you not show any examples of the birds in action? Videos are worth 10,000 words and your narration is greatly lacking.

  3. What a pile of complete and utter bullshit. Surely this video is a great example of just how much YouTube has become a vehicle for peddling Nonsense. So let me get this right the most dangerous birds on earth don't Include any Black Eagles, No Condors, no Ravens, No Falcons and No Owls. Yeh Right?

  4. '
    oh no…
    what wrong this video at 011 to 012…
    why video put a eye under the pyramid on the currency paper…
    dont do that = not important…
    take it cutting edit video off at 011 to 012

  5. Your video was full of s*** misinformation from a stupid commentator the only one that is dangerous is the cossaway

  6. Heavy voice speaking Number 1 , pigeons, they'll rip off your spine and take your head off, it's best not approaching them and run for your life if you see any.

  7. Lot of those bird are scavengers that don’t really attack others unless threatened. In fact lot of them are cowardly, and are really scared of people.

  8. You have got to be kidding me. What kinda bunk ass channel IS THIS?! I can not believe I watched this entire compilation only to find that the most obvious candidate didn't even get an honorable mention. Wtf. You literally made this list and didn't include Big Bird?! Have you ever seen his big creepy nest? Tell me those legs aren't a blatant indication that sudden death could be inflicted without warning! Don't even get me started on the feet, my gaaawd…The damn thing is no less than… What? Like, 9 feet tall? It frequently roams urban streets with a bobdamned wooly mammoth, for crying out loud! I'd send you out to observe it but nobody ever did tell me how to get, how to get to sesame Street. Perhaps next time you might consider putting some legit research and effort forth before compiling your list; might help to save your own credibility in the future. Your welcome Good day, sir.

  9. In Australia, we call cassowaries "Murder Chickens"
    Also, the Tasmanian sub species of magpie is very docile, doesn't attack humans.

  10. I love the videos that are designed to inspire fear. Magpies are really cool birds. The swooping is a trait of many birds when they're defending their nest. Really not much to worry about here except for the Cassowary. They've been known to disembowel people.

  11. I was on a jet ski once when a swan flew across the lake and chased me down. It's wing was beating on my leg as it flew right next to me.

  12. 11:25 I'm surprised that particular note was not made of the cassowary's most lethal weapon… check out the one long talon on each foot…. basically like a velociraptor's gutting hook except it's straight

  13. There are problems here. 1. Gulls can be killed with a swat. I'd be more afraid of a fucking pelican as those nasty-ass huge shits can knock you off a pier and make you fall to your death. You can also fish for gulls which is disgusting, shameless, and satisfying. 2. Where the hell are gigantic owls? I lived in New Hampshire for a small time and a damned great horned owl with a six-foot wingspan took an infant from a bassinet. Charming that. in my own community. I'm sure it fed the babies. 3. A fucking grey goose is one of the nastiest damned animals on the planet…unless you are its friend. I had a wonderful friend and he had a pair of geese and the fucking things attacked me all the time like they thought they were Pitbulls. When they swing at you they are frigging Mike Tyson with no below the belt rules. I had to walk like 10 yards clear with my head turned or they'd sense I was being aggressive. I had fewer problems with the bulls.

  14. What was the bird you tried passing off as an Australian Magpie? The last couple photos was. You’d think one might do some research before putting it on the internet.

  15. I read most endangered birds. Was met with a manly man drama queen trying to scare me with a swan. I'm out.

  16. Hey publisher of Secret truths, you have shown a Eurasion magpie (Corvidae), not Australian magpie (Gymnorhina tibicen). Update the vid!. Oh, and while you are at it, the Cassowary is in rainforests in North Eastern Australia, not north western. North western Australia doesn't have any rainforests, so double wrong.

  17. The photos you showed of the magpies wern't magpies. And keepers of the cassowary need to use specially made large heavy steal plate shields to approach them as they can rip through ballistic riot shields with ease. Their is at least one death by cassowary every year in Australia. Which is allot considering that they are endangered and live in very, very remote places and stay well away from human populations. You would have to trek deep into remote nationally protected rain forests just to see one.

  18. The Australian Magpie comes in at 9:20! That other bird, the Magpie Lark is a tame as. We call them Peewee's due to their call.

  19. That dramatic voice hahah ;D "In the next episode: Pebbles- and their larger cousins, rocks! How they sneak up on your in the wild, be prepared!"

  20. Aaannnd what about the Golden Eagle? Those things tract down wolves, coyotes, dogs, goats, and/or anything it can get its talons on! You seriously have a Swan and a Gull over a Golden Eagle? That's awesome!

  21. The only birds in this list you have to watch out for are the Harpy Eagle and the Cassowary both of which are capable of killing a human. The others on this list are not likely able to kill a human minus the Ostrich.