The earth is a planet of life rich in species. In addition to intelligent life human beings, there are more than millions of various creatures. These organisms are divided into many families, among which birds are a relatively large group.
The survivability of bird creatures is stronger than that of land and sea creatures because they have wings and can fly. When major disasters occur on land and sea, bird creatures can fly into the air to escape or cross mountains and seas to survive in other places.
The impact of an asteroid on the Earth 65 million years ago triggered a drastic ecological change and ushered in the fifth mass extinction. At that time, the main species on the earth was dinosaurs. At that time, it was also called the age of dinosaurs. The mass extinction ended most of the dinosaurs, and those who survived were basically flying pterosaurs.
The surviving pterosaurs evolved into later bird creatures. At present, there are about 9,000 species of birds in 156 families in the world, which is a very large population. Among these kinds of birds, some are very numerous and prosperous, while some are on the verge of extinction.
In the bird world, the larger the size of the birds, the fewer the number of birds, because larger birds do not have the flexibility to fly as small birds, and their survivability will drop a lot. And those large birds look domineering in the eyes of humans. Standing in front of us will make people feel scared, but there is a very present bird that does not make people feel scared, but looks very cute.
This large bird is the cute-looking cetacean, and is affectionately called the big-headed bird. The cetacean mainly lives in the huge swamps of the Republic of Sudan and Zambia in the tropical east of Africa. It is a large bird that is very similar to the stork family.
The whalehead stork is one of the largest birds in the world, with an average height of 1.2 meters, and some can reach more than 1.5 meters, which is about the same height as some girls. Although the body is tall, the weight is not that big, only about 4000-7000 grams. Of course, this weight is already heavy in the bird family.
Such a tall whalehead stork is naturally more spectacular when its wings spread, reaching more than 2.6 meters. Under normal circumstances, when we face such a huge bird, we will feel a kind of oppression, such as a large eagle in Mongolia, which is also a large bird. This kind of eagle standing in front of humans will make us feel oppressed and scared.
But the whalehead stork is welcomed by people. When we walk in front of people, we will not be afraid, but will feel very cute. Why? Although the whalehead stork has an oppressive body shape, it loses its majesty in front of humans due to its special appearance.
The name of the whalehead stork comes from its huge head, which also has a huge beak, which is its beak. The mouth is like the head of a whale. The eyes are located at the front of the head and are on the same plane as the eyes of the owl.
The whale-headed stork has a wide and sturdy beak. It is the widest beak in the world, 12 cm wide, and the end of the mouth is bent into a hook shape. It is this peculiar combination of heads that makes the whalehead stork look so cute and cute, without any majesty.
Whalehead storks were originally unknown, but with the continuous development of tourism, they appeared in front of mankind. We only know that there are such peculiar giant birds in the world. Nowadays, the big bird head has become one of the “net celebrities”, and you can see the cute emoticons about the big bird with just a search.
Big-headed birds can become Internet celebrities and are loved by people. In addition to their huge and special head features, they are also very friendly to humans. When tourists encounter them, they will not only take the initiative to bow to passers-by, but sometimes take off their feathers and give them to tourists and passers-by.
We must know that in nature, among the large and rare animals, there are not many animals that can be friendly to humans. The giant panda, which we all know, can be regarded as a large animal, and it has good fighting capacity. Tigers and lions dare not easily provoke them. However, giant pandas are very friendly to humans. They have gained the favor of humans by selling cuteness, and they have become a national treasure of our country.
The cetacean is also a very rare bird. The current population in the world does not exceed 8,000, and it has become an endangered animal. In the bird world, there are not many people who can be friendly to humans, especially among large birds. Perhaps only the big-headed bird can interact with humans so close and friendly.
Some people may say that the whalehead stork shows friendship to humans, bows and sends feathers, and may also want to survive by selling cuteness to obtain food. If you think so, you would be wrong. The cetacean is not like a giant panda. Food needs humans to provide. They all prey on their own.
Don’t look at the big-headed bird being very friendly in front of humans, and it seems that it has no combat effectiveness, but in fact, this kind of large-headed bird can survive in such an environment as a swamp area, and it must have something extraordinary. In fact, it is true. The fighting power of the whalehead stork is very strong. In the marsh area where they survive, the only thing that can threaten them to a certain extent is the large piranha.
The weapon of the stork is the powerful mouth on the head. It is so powerful that no fish can withstand it. Even the scales on the back of a crocodile can be pierced. With this sharp weapon, it has rare natural enemies in the swamp area, and basically exists as an overlord.
We all know that there is a relatively powerful creature-crocodile living in the swamp area. We all know that crocodile is fierce and unusual, and it is also a kind of overlord. It is such a fierce and unusual crocodile that is the food of the whalehead stork, which shows how extraordinary the fighting power of the big-headed bird is.
Under normal circumstances, the number of such powerful birds with rare natural enemies should not be too small. But in fact, the number of big-headed birds is declining. If they are not well protected, they may become extinct in the future. The reason for this situation is mainly caused by human activities. Human beings are the top overlord-level creatures on the earth. No matter how powerful the animals in nature are, they can’t escape the clutches of human beings.
Due to the continuous destruction of the ecology of the swamp area by humans in the past, coupled with the hunting of big-headed birds, the number of these tall birds has drastically decreased. Fortunately, humans are aware of the seriousness of the matter, and the cetacean has been included in the world’s endangered species protection level. Only by protecting their place of existence can we continue to appreciate this friendly, cute and cute big-headed bird in the future.