Top 10 Dumbest Birds of All Time


This exotic-sounding parrot owl from New Zealand eats on the ground, and its diet includes berries that grow just once.

Rednecked Phalarope

The red-necked phalarope is native to Britain. While other phalaropes winter in the Arabian Sea.

Lilac-breasted Roller

The Lilac-breasted roller is the national bird of Kenya. Although it looks incredibly beautiful, it engages in behavior.


Killdeers are the walking billboards of the prey animals. Their call is a shrill scream, they don’t have a flight.


The cardinal is one of those common, everyday birds we notice but don’t think much of besides the colorful red feathers.


The emu has the reputation of being one of the least intelligent birds among a few emu experts, including a Canadian scientist.


They have monocular vision, which means their eyes are on either side of their heads and they see different things from each eye.


We’ve heard many times someone being described as sticking their heads in the sand, like an ostrich.

Northern Fulmar

The parents of northern fulmar chicks seem like some of the dumbest birds. They build a nest high on rocky ledges.

Secretary Bird

With a head that looks like an eagle’s head and legs that look like a stork’s legs, they are deceptively deadly to predators.

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