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Funny Animal Names That Really Exist - Birds

Here you will find funny biological names for bird species!

Does the doctor bird ask how other birds are feeling? And how many shoes does a shoebill eat in its lifetime?

Doctor Bird Photo: Luka/ (Kingfisher); phanasitti/ (Spoon)

Bee Eater

They really do eat bees and wasps.


Bee Hummingbird

The bee hummingbird is the smallest hummingbird in the world, but is considerably larger than a bee at 2.7 inch (7 cm) long.

Doctor Bird

There are three theories behind the doctor bird’s name: native to the Caribbean, these birds have a long black tail similar to the long black coats that doctors used to wear there. Or because of their beaks, which make it look like they’re giving flowers their medicine. Another explanation is that it loves drinking nectar from the tobacco plant, which the locals use as a ritual medicinal plant.

Laughing Kookaburra

The laughing kookaburra gets its name from its loud call that sounds a lot like laughter.


You might call someone a mockingbird if they imitate other people to ridicule them. This is because mockingbirds can mimic the sounds of other birds, insects or even amphibians.

Roseate Spoonbill

The roseate spoonbill belongs to the stork family and is a large pink bird with a beak that has a peak like a spoon.



The Shoebill has a big, thick beak the size and shape of a shoe.

Whistling Duck

Whistling ducks “talk” to each other using high whistling sounds.

Funny Animal Names that Really Exist


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