From the Harpy Eagle that can crush human bones with its claws. To the great horned owl that attacks humans with its powerful talons into a bird that can kick so hard it would put Bruce Lee in the hospital. Today we’re going to take a look at the 20 most dangerous birds. Birds that can kill you. Let’s get started with number 20.
Southern Cassowary. The creature has been called the most dangerous bird in the world. Standing as tall as a person and wearing a high helmet on its head, a vibrant blue neck and long, drooping red waddles. What is it about them that makes them so dangerous? Muscular legs with three claw tipped toes may deliver a fatal punch, causing internal organ damage and severe bleeding.
With its sharp claws, this unique bird may seriously harm or kill a human or dog in an instant. Number 19. Ostrich It seems pretty logical that the biggest, fastest and strongest of all the birds is one of the most dangerous. It looks amusing, however, it is threatening. It’s the legs that are the ostrich’s primary weapon, and they have tremendous kicking power.
African ostriches can kill their target within just seconds. Its ability to disembowel a human with a single blow is what almost happened to country legend Johnny Cash. Number 18 Barred Owl In comparison to its contemporaries, the barred owl is a small bird of prey. Their particular feathers feature an inbuilt suppressor which prevents the prey from hearing them approaching. Hikers in the Pacific Northwest are routinely attacked by this conservative looking bird.
It swoops down and attacks the victim’s head with razorsharp talons. The claws, pecks and squeezes could result in serious head injuries which you’d rather stay away from. Number 17 Australian Magpie To the outside world, it may seem odd that Australia’s suburbs are filled with fear in the springtime, not because of spiders or snakes, but because of Magpies. These monochromatic menaces are known to dive bomb passing pedestrians, runners and cyclists with unmitigated rage across Australia between August and September. As amusing as this may sound, their weapons of choice are open claws or closed beaks.
Or they bite and leave two fine cuts where the skin has been pinched and sliced. Number 16 Muteswan Who doesn’t love Swans, especially when one kisses the other and forms a lovely, heart shaped image? It’s a sight to behold. But last mewtswan is a very territorial bird and has the potential to attack even if they’re founded places where humans are, such as ponds or Lakes in the park. When threatened, the mute Swan can strike people in the eyes, and it can even break the bones with their muscular, strong wings.
Number 15. Snowy Owl the world’s most northerly bird of prey, the snowy owl. No doubt humans are the main threat to snowy Owls. The list of their natural predators is very short Yeagers, Arctic Foxes and Wolves. The snowy Owls are known to protect their territory aggressively.
It’s a brilliant bird that attacks the prey strategically. Stay cautious because if it’s targeted as a human being, he will execute first on the head, then on the face. With its razor sharp talons, it can also tear away your eyes. Number 14 Dwarf Cassowaries These cassowaries are colorful and lovely, but they are also dangerous. Their three toes feature long, daggerlike nails which can easily kill a person by slashing blows off its feet.
The dwarf Cassowary can be quite dangerous, as cassowaries have been known to attack humans on a regular basis with fatalities in certain cases. The fact that the dwarf Cassowary is smaller than the other Cassowary bird species is the only factor that helps. Number 13 Red Tailed Hawk The Red Tail Hawk is a common Hawk found across North America. As you can expect, the powerful talons are the main weapons of red tailed Hawks. That’s precisely what you should be afraid of.
They’re not threatened by humans and will dive bomb them for daring to come too close to their nest. They come plunging out of the skies to scrape people’s heads with their sharp talons. Its courage and relentlessness make them extremely dangerous birds. Number Twelve Golden Eagle A Seagull Swiping The sandwich from your hand at the beach is freaky enough. The thought of a bird of prey with a seven foot wingspan swooping by and grabbing a child is the stuff of nightmares.
Golden Eagles have a grip strength of up to 400 PSI, ten times that of an adult human. Lambs, deer and even adolescent black bears have been recorded to be attacked by Golden Eagles. They are vicious predators that no human would want to cross paths with. Number Eleven European Herring When people think of herring goals, they generally think of a relaxing day at the beach. For many people unlucky enough to encounter a herring goal, this is anything but true.
Anyone daring enough to eat a bag of chips in the open is a likely candidate for dive bombing, with any number of Seagulls homing in like heat seeking missiles. Injuries from such grabs and swoops often include cuts to the face and even inside the mouth. Gulls tend to rake the human’s head with their sharp claws, usually sufficient to draw blood. Number Ten Harris’s Hawk Harris’s Hawks are small birds compared to other birds of prey, they’re only about the size of a Crow. Don’t let their size deceive you though, as they are still dangerous predators.
They can pull out £170 of pressure on the ends of their talents, which is four times the amount an adult human is capable of. Taking turns swooping in and slashing at the opponent, they are relentless in their assault. Just one of Harris’s Hawk is a formidable opponent, but a whole team of them is hazardous. Number Nine Crowned Eagle Crowned Eagles Defy the Mind no other African Hunter compares to this enormous bird of prey. The so called Sky Leopard gets its name from the fact that it will take on prey much larger than itself.
With strong talons, it can even break the skull of a 30 kg antelope. A seven year old youngster was reportedly attacked by a crowned Eagle on one occasion. With its talons, the bird ambushed him, slashing into his throat and chest. Eight Lamarguyer Lamarguere is one of the oldest vultures in the world. The gigantic wings let these birds glide effortlessly above steep mountains.
They use dropping techniques if they get large bones that’s dropping giant bones from a giant height onto hard rocks so they could eat marrow inside the broken bones. Lamargyris used the same dropping technique for hard shelled tortoises as well. However, this method of Lamargirus could result in serious harm to humans in the surrounding area. Number Seven Paragraph Falcon Speaking of hunting on the fly, nothing beats the Peregrine Falcon. They are famous for their diving speed.
Also, the talons and sharp beaks make them very dangerous birds. A Peregrine Falcon can reach 240 mph while plummeting towards his victim by folding its wings to minimize drag. We should consider ourselves lucky that they rarely attack humans, but if you do get attacked, you could get injured and have severe punctures on the heads and shoulders. Six Great Northern Loon These Ducks, which are potentially deadly, can be found in boreal and temperate forest Lakes. They can also be found in Northern Eurasia and North America’s polar tundra.
The Great Northern Loon, which weighs around eight and twelve lbs has a pointed and razorsharp build that allows it to spear its fish prey. Unfortunately, they do not solely search for fish. This precarious bird has killed a human an ornithologist by mistaking him for a predator. Number Five RIA like their ostrich and Emu cousins, these birds have long necks and long legs. These four to 5ft tall birds weigh around 60 to £90.
With solid feet and legs, these flightless birds use their long, powerful legs to outrun trouble. Rheas may seem pretty calm, but they can attack humans if they go near them. Unbelievably strong with its claws as long as six inches, it’s capable of disemboweling a human being with a single blow and can prove fatal. Number Four Pitahui The potent neurotoxin chemical batchotoxin. The same poison found in the skin of poisoned Dart frogs is present in the skin and feathers of this unassuming looking, vividly colored bird.
This is one of the most poisonous substances found in nature and no, it doesn’t produce the poison, but instead gets it from its diet. Even if the bird has only minimal amounts of batricotoxin, a fraction of a gram can cause paralysis, cardiac arrest and death. Number Three Emu The Emu is Australia’s equivalent of the ostrich. They’re big, powerful birds that can grow up to 6ft tall and weigh £150. The majority of their weight is carried on their thigh muscles.
Their legs are among the most powerful of any animal, capable of tearing down metal fencing or delivering a kick that would put Bruce Lee to pity. The Emu also has strong claws that can cause major injury if not death to humans. Number two, great horned owl. The great horned owl is one of the largest Owls in North America and they for sure use its size to their advantage. Humans are regularly attacked by great horned Owls especially when they feel threatened or need to defend their area.
The talons of these Owls can exert up to £500 per square inch of pressure. This is similar to the bite of a German Shepherd Greyhounded. Owls have the strength to wreak havoc on any foe they come across. Number one, Harpy Eagle. There are tales of these Eagles carrying off babies.