Most DANGEROUS Birds On Earth

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.

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100 Responses

  1. Sanjay Bakshi says:

    You guys should see my pet conure Stacy

  2. Antisocial Engineering says:

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

  3. Teddy L says:

    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.

  4. Kapulaites says:

    Mark Fidrych didn’t make the list?

  5. JJC Jr says:

    an ostrich is the most dangerous more than the others

  6. Jim Scobie says:

    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.

  7. Alby Hall says:

    North Eastern Australia for the Casawerri .

  8. andrew scott says:

    Seagull and Magpie really?

  9. toamaori says:

    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

  10. Richard Lynch says:

    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.

  11. Bradley White says:

    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.

  12. Joseph Rodrigo says:

    Wear a shirt with eyes in the back

  13. Snakebitten says:

    Cassowary and Ostritch should have been 1 & 2. Harpy should have been 3.

  14. vin 950 says:

    talks about harpy eagles extremely large talons. shows tiny talons.

  15. Charles Moore says:


  16. Alan Spring says:


  17. L M III says:

    Let me do my dead baby joke voice.

  18. writerconsidered says:

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

  19. Sniffler The Niffler says:

    Yeah… magpies are pretty mean, and its almost swooping season 😭.

  20. Gee Em says:

    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.

  21. James Ryan says:

    What Americans call Hawks are what Europeans refer to as buzzards.

  22. chjeremy says:

    No1, Emu, a bird so dangerous human decare war on it and defeated an Australian taskforce

  23. MrHeavychevy86 says:

    ostrichisaurus rex

  24. 8TK8 guy says:

    O , so birds involved in conspiracy theories amazing , ((the dollar bill eye 😝))

  25. WireTamer says:

    This is not a Magpie, it is a Magpie Lark. Very different and smaller bird.

  26. Daniel Atkins says:

    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.

  27. Tony Buhagiar says:

    Magpie????? ….. get your facts straight or get out of here!

  28. Jnia ChildoftheKing says:

    I got thrashed by a swan once and it hurts.

  29. Cindy Kato says:

    Birds going bananas. Hahaha nice movie title though

  30. cliff ansley says:

    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.

  31. Chani Kynes says:

    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!"

  32. humanity in peril says:

    Dnt make up stories…u make me sick

  33. Tammy Carveth says:

    They should have added the secretary bird

  34. BR Todd says:

    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!

  35. Game Master says:

    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.

  36. Ultra Instinct anonymous says:

    His voice sounds like someone in call of duty

  37. war machine says:

    Dude you need to smoke less and do more research. Seriously a gull,ffs.

  38. Brandon Donnelly says:

    Why does this sound like an Army recruitment advertisement

  39. 1sunbear says:

    That magpie in the snow was not an Australian magpie. I'm Australian and I see Australian magpies every single day. That said, I just had an epiphany: I'm convinced that the bullshit claims here are an attempt to incite outrage, leading to a subsequently long comment thread, thereby bumping up the algarythm. Wow I really fell for it, didn't I haha. Anyhow, take videos like this with a grain of salt.

  40. lachazaroony says:

    Born and raised in Ontario and Loons are not dangerous. Im 49 and ive never seen one aggressive and they arent very big so they arent likely to attack you, and cant kill you. Most of this video is utter bullshit.

  41. Hardwood says:

    The first buzzard is a freaking hawk! Lay off the dope

  42. airmark02 says:

    I am so afraid …

  43. Earth Man says:

    and yet a gradeschooler with a baseball bat wins.

  44. user_mac01 says:

    Aussie magpies are not 'dangerous' ffs. There has never been a death reported from a magpie swoop.

  45. RAFTER RAFTER says:

    2:50 (even small children) 😫 Listen idiot, because of a dumb urban legend and stupid comments like this, in the 1990'sthe bearded vulture was on the brink of extinction!😠

  46. Sandor Garcia says:

    I'm not buying that Loon piercing someone's heart through their rib cage.

  47. Cassie Smart says:

    Oh my goodness!
    And people take in magpies lmao! FOR PETS! Hahahaha!

  48. matthew kühl says:

    i guess 858 cats disliked this?

  49. RosesofWillows says:

    Huh. I'm surprised the Herring gull made it as far as it did; they're usually not a bold bird…Nor the smartest.

  50. Dave Bethel says:

    I'm glad you tagged the Cassowary #1. That authenticates your video, because no other bird even comes close.

  51. Bobby Walker says:

    that super low rumble the Cassorwary makes is crazy scary!

  52. Adrian's Corner says:

    How about vulture?

  53. uncadeez says:

    That is not a Buzzard. It's a Golden Eagle.

  54. Tub Kevin Xiong says:

    Birds is foods to me by the way. BBQ it well done.

  55. Aura Fizzy says:

    Anyone own just a regular rooster that would jump and slash your legs till they bled?

  56. Lithuanian GLOCK31_NH420 says:

    Giant petrel are insane predators…

  57. Lithuanian GLOCK31_NH420 says:

    The Harpy and its Asian counterpart the Philippine eagles…m. are the only 2 birds that regularly eat monkeys.

  58. Lithuanian GLOCK31_NH420 says:

    We have tons of loons in my home state and area… the north east has it all…. except Grizly bears.. o, and bison and carabu, tho we used to have Caribou, we do not and haven't for 100 years.

  59. Billy Ung says:

    Cassowary is native to northeastern Australia, not northwestern Australia as suggested in this video.

  60. Youggle-It ....... if-n ya can't fix-it. says:

    @ 1:25

    number # 9 the Mute Swan it sounds like a premeditated murder to me. were charges filed?

  61. Robert Coleman says:

    The Main Stream media is a Socialist Communist Democratic Party today in America, these nuts of the Media include CNN< ABC<CBS<NBC< MSNBC and NYT, WP and others want to destroy America our Constitution is at risk because of these idiots promoting socialist communist candidates that will support there agenda to destroy America and our way of life they all cry gun control why because that is the only way to control every one take any defensive weapons from the masses and just look at those countries that did Venezuela, Cuba, Iran, and many many others these assholes murder there own to maintain power. the New Democratic Socialist Communist Party.

  62. Never Gonnatell says:

    Birds have the bone density of balsa wood. Just snap their neck. If you drowned because of a swan I have 0 sympathy.

  63. ScottyFox says:

    Slight error regarding where cassowaries are found. Not North Western Australia but in the North Eastern of Australia, it's found in Northern tropical Queensland.

  64. Edward Gross says:

    True to form Australia gets top billing. Come visit us soon.

  65. Bruno56 says:

    So THINK before you call some idiot 'birdbrain'. HA HA!

  66. Lisa Godin says:

    And humans wage endless wars, destroyed two cities during WW2 with nuclear bombs(U.S.A.), tortures people to get information, caused a Holocaust and murders each other in crimes, some in the old days were cannibals. These birds are dangerous? In comparison to the human animal, these birds are gentle.

  67. Lisa Godin says:

    Stop interfering with these birds' nests with babies and you won't be attacked! Funny how the human calls it a "brutal assault". You go near their nests with babies you're not going to get a breath mint! They don't care why you're there! It's instinct to protect their chicks and this narrator is trying to villainize this eagle.

    When I was 12 my family were vacationing in Miami. Our hotel was next to the ocean. Well one day I went to the pool and there was a ping pong table and under it was a crab. I'd never seen a live crab and this guy was the size of a dinner plate. So stupid me got some dirt from behind this wall and started tossing dirt in the crab's face. So what did Mr. Crab the size of a dinner plate with huge thick claws do? He chased me! Yes he chased me and not sideways. He was going after me full throttle! I ran to dad in terror! He said what did you do to the crab! I told him and how much sympathy did I get? NONE! He said that's what you deserve! You teased a big crab with big claws thinking it wasn't smart enough to go after you. You won't be doing that any more will you! I said no and dad then went back to his sun bathing. Moral? You screw with an animal you'll get it! Had that crab inflicted injuries on me I would've gotten no sympathy. I teased him. You mess with a nest of bird of prey babies, the bird won't care why you're there, couldn't care less about your adjusting equipment. That "brutal attack" that guy got was well deserved. That bird was protecting babies and nest just like that crab I teased decided to try to teach me a lesson. You don't mess with an animal. They don't care about your reasons for being where you are. They'll try to give you a spanking like the crab would've had I slipped and fell and that bird of prey was trying to kill that guy.

  68. Rocky Kumar says:

    Was expecting Cassowary in this list, good to see it coming to number 1. These are vicious birds like Raptors who follow, hunt and ambush their prey. Then their razor sharp claws tear the flesh in no time exposing internal organs and viscera and eating the prey slowly while it is alive and the blood and flesh is warm.

  69. Philip Freeman says:

    I saw from my window 5 mi. n. of Fairbanks a pair of rectangular walking birds only a few yards away.They were at least 2ft tall & had long necks . I have tried to identify them , no luck.

  70. footscorn says:

    Out walking the dog only last week when something hit me on the back of the head and I literally saw stars. I could see the Maggie's shadow and turned around to see it coming at me again like a bloody Spitfire, I threw the dog leash at it which it dodged effortlessly and continued launching attacks until I left it's territory.

  71. Caroline Balkon says:

    Why not take buzzard for research?

  72. colly beans says:

    That voice is down playing the whole thing somehow..

  73. Ossie Mc says:

    My throat is sore

  74. Tyler Mills says:

    That was not a buzzard buzzards are like vultures

  75. Jude Chauhan says:

    A herring gull tried to steal my sandwich once but I held on and threw it away out of spite (and because I didn't feel like eating it after the seagull grabbed it).

  76. Beetle Hunter says:

    shoebill is most dangerous look it up

  77. Harry Kiralfy Broe says:

    Silly video.

  78. Zachary Dunn says:

    Please American YouTube people stop setting us Aussies up to get mad. I'm not falling for it lol. It is funny. I might make a documentary about American bears and show polar bears and see if you all get as mad as us Aussies do. Or if ya get the joke straight away.

  79. Theo N de Bray says:

    The cheesiest of all commentaries.  Not to mention bullshit.

  80. Karrem Taplet says:

    New Orleans had buzzards everywhere right after Katrina hit; I thought they were eagles & I thought buzzards were black….

  81. Demolition Republic says:

    I think I need to buy a hat to be safe from the Lammergeier!

  82. Dennis Hunt says:

    Fair Bloody Dinkum, many mistakes in this video.

  83. Patrick Shepherd says:

    Click click boom you wont attack any more

  84. Grand Tickler says:

    good thing birds are idiots and even a broom can stop the most aggressive bird. i have to deal with an agressive daddy emu every week lol

  85. Haruglory131 says:

    You must be weak if you get killed by a freaking swan

  86. Arnez Willis says:

    Who else thinks the cassowary's colors are beautiful?

  87. Tony Grant says:

    Why is it so hard for a yank to get stuff about australia correct???

  88. Delroy Williams says:


  89. 1 Life says:

    Most dangerous is the human animal

  90. Dora Glasberg says:

    The most dangerous bird on earth is my mother's roast chicken – IT WILL KILL YOU!!!!

  91. Tony Idle says:

    A mute swan can give you a nasty suck. Simply stand still until it is close then gently grasp the neck. The bird will stand still and allow you to pick it up. They are totally harmless.

  92. recuerden, recuerden el 5 de Noviembre says:

    1 lie after other lie……ridículo chaval

  93. Gary Ramirez says:

    Sorry but the bearded vulture has a diet solely of bones ,I think your tone of voice is more sinister than majority of these birds

  94. Andrew Woo says:

    Your mom's the most dangerous bird on the planet.

  95. Way2Dylagent says:

    I never decided to study birds but when you see a harpy eagle on insta you just get kind of get sucked in to birdlife🤷‍♂️

  96. Way2Dylagent says:

    This guy's voice makes me want to learn about explosives, not birds

  97. bipola telly says:

    That's not an Australian Magpie.

  98. bipola telly says:

    Crap show.

  99. Jillian Smith says:

    In a US zoo, a crested crane took offense at a zookeeper and struck at him; his beak went right through the guy's skull and pierced his brain, killing him.   Apparently, according to a local crested crane keeper, they are quite testy.  They won't go into the enclosures until the birds are tucked in their inner areas with the doors shut. 

    *probably "crested crane" isn't quite the right name.  Very tall bird, African, looooooong beak, jumps and flaps when it does a mating dance.

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