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The Shoebill: Or, the Most Terrifying Bird in the World

The Shoebill: Or, the Most Terrifying Bird in the World

— Are you ready for this thing? I don't think you're ready for this thing.
The House Finch

The House Finch

— Thanks to an undercover Audubon sting, this bird is more of a backyard staple than a celebrity.
The Chuck-will's-widow and Eastern Whip-poor-will

The Chuck-will's-widow and Eastern Whip-poor-will

— Nightjars, goatsuckers, whatever you want to call them—these freaky birds are heard but rarely seen.
The Cattle Egret

The Cattle Egret

— This long-stemmed and long-sighted wader gets all the good stuff: sex, real estate, and plenty of insects.
Loggerhead Shrike

The Loggerhead Shrike

— This sweet-looking bird has a serious dark side.
The House Wren: The Unjustly Accused

The House Wren

— This Little Brown Bird has a tendency to get bird lovers all riled up.
The Barred Owl

The Barred Owl

— This intimidating giant has a question for you.
The American Coot

The American Coot

— This cranky marsh bird takes tough-love parenting to a whole new level.
Southern Giant Petrel

The Southern Giant Petrel

— When this seabird isn't projectile-vomiting on its enemies, it's probably burying its head in rotting seal guts.
Northern Harrier

The Northern Harrier

— Encounters with these "gray ghosts" may leave you feeling a little uneasy.