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Sporting A Funky Comb Over Hairdo And A Bright Red Goatee, Makes For A Very Intriguing Sight Indeed!

This bird puts on a show like no other, sporting a funky hairdo and wearing an inflatable mustache at the same time! In the relatively small nation of Costa Rica liv

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This bird puts on a show like no other, sporting a funky hairdo and wearing an inflatable mustache at the same time!

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In the relatively small nation of Costa Rica lives a bird with one of the most peculiar plumages ever seen in the animal kingdom. The truth is that this bird does not resemble any other bird that lives in its natural environment. The male possesses an inflateable throat sac that is bright red in color and is quite visible at all times, even when it is not in use.

MEET THE BARE-NECKED UMBRELLABIRD

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Screenshot via YouTube/Animal Fact File

To say the least, the sight of a Bare-necked Umbrellabird is one that piques one’s interest. Both the male and the female have a stocky, large body, a prominent bill, a short tail, and large wings, but the tail is shorter on the female. Both also have a relatively small head, but the size of their crests make their heads appear much larger than they actually are. The male’s crest is larger than the females, with long floofy feathers reaching down over his face almost to the end of his beak.

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While the male’s crest is prominent, the female’s is somewhat shorter, making her head look flatter. Additionally, the male has feathers on his back that are a bluish color, whereas the female does not.

During the mating season, he puffs up the bright red throat sac that he wears as a display and to attract females. This is done so that he can have more offspring.

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Screenshot via YouTube/Organization for Tropical Studies

These birds can be found in the montane forests of the Talamanca range in Costa Rica as well as western Panama. The majority of females are found below 200 meters, while males are found between 100 and 500 meters. When they are ready to breed, they ascend to elevations between 800 and 2000 meters.

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During the breeding season, the male inflates his throat sac, leans forward, and releases a loud HOOM, that sounds like something akin to the sound of a bull. After that, he takes a more recumbent posture and finishes by singing some notes that have a raspier quality.

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Screenshot via YouTube/1001adriancr1

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Screenshot via YouTube/Organization for Tropical Studies

Unfortunately, because of the destruction of its habitat, this bird is now considered to be in a threatened status.

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Source: One Big Birdcage

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