The bird with the killer blue beak

Vanga's are only found in the wet, eastern forests of Madagascar.
 Earth & Nature 
August 07, 2017 | 04:15 pm /
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This rare bird lives exclusively in Madagascar's wet forests

The helmet vanga (Euryceros prevostii) is the most unique of birds - its bright blue beak setting it apart from the rest.

Vanga's are only found in the wet, eastern forests of Madagascar. There are around 20 species of the bird on the island, all descended from the same ancestor species.

No one knows exactly why it was blessed with this brilliant appendage, but its beauty hides a lethal weapon. Vanga's are ambush hunters pouncing of millipedes, cicadas and lizards from above.

Watch the moment Sir David Attenborough and BBC filmmakers caught sight of this rare bird for the series Madagascar. Even better, you can watch a further 1,000 more memorable moments, for free, anytime, on your smartphone or tablet, via Attenborough's Story of Life app, which is now available to download via Google Play, or Apple's app store.

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