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    What the world's 5 most dangerous birds?

    ArticleBirds of Prey AdviceThursday 30 June 2011
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    Most birds for sale on BirdTrader are considered as pets, companions and generally friendly, cute animals. However, there are some birds out there in the world that you would do best to avoid at any cost – and here’s a list of the top five! 

    You’re unlikely to come across the cassowary unless you spend much time in the rainforests of eastern Australia, where it is endemic. However, during the 2010 Queensland cyclone, many cassowaries were found wandering the streets of suburban areas afterwards. Aggressive and unpredictable, cassowaries have been known to be able to kill horses with just one kick from their incredible powerful back feet, which come equipped with dagger-like claws.

    Ostriches can sometimes be tamed and domesticated, but in the wild they are unpredictable and highly skittish. As the largest living bird (they can reach 9 feet in height), and incredibly fast, they can outrun humans and one kick, like that of the cassowary, can maim, if not kill.

    Canada geese, native to – you guessed it – Canada, are very hostile when it comes to defending their territory. After spreading their wings and hissing, they’ll charge you and almost certainly bite you with their strong beaks.

    Seagulls are actually very aggressive animals and in Britain have been known to leave people with serious wounds. There are even stories of pet dogs being killed by these sea birds.

    Owls are birds of prey and use their razor-sharp talons to rip apart and then eat their prey. In an enclosed space, an owl on the defensive could do a human a lot of damage.

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