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What's your favorite type of bird? :) — Asked by Anonymous

Much more specific! :D

I want to be a secretary bird when I grow up.

Accipitres competing over carrion.
Of course none of these birds would be found in the same part of the world, but this is an excellent comparison between the Old World vultures and the New World vultures. The Egyptian vulture and Griffon vultures are considered Old World vultures, as is the Lammergeier. However, the Lammergeier is not closely related to the other Old World vultures, aside from the Egyptian vulture. 
New World vultures are not closely related to Old World vultures, but are superficially similar (they look alike). New World vultures (such as the California condor and turkey vulture) have an excellent sense of smell, and are often the first scavenger at the scene of the death. These are the ones that are popularly depicted as circling overhead when someone or something is dying. Old World vultures have a poor sense of smell, but good eyesight, and tend to follow other birds to carcasses, then fight them away from it.
Natural History of the Animal Kingdom for the Use of Young People. W. F. Kirby, 1889.

Accipitres competing over carrion.

Of course none of these birds would be found in the same part of the world, but this is an excellent comparison between the Old World vultures and the New World vultures. The Egyptian vulture and Griffon vultures are considered Old World vultures, as is the Lammergeier. However, the Lammergeier is not closely related to the other Old World vultures, aside from the Egyptian vulture. 

New World vultures are not closely related to Old World vultures, but are superficially similar (they look alike). New World vultures (such as the California condor and turkey vulture) have an excellent sense of smell, and are often the first scavenger at the scene of the death. These are the ones that are popularly depicted as circling overhead when someone or something is dying. Old World vultures have a poor sense of smell, but good eyesight, and tend to follow other birds to carcasses, then fight them away from it.

Natural History of the Animal Kingdom for the Use of Young People. W. F. Kirby, 1889.

scientificillustration:

Secretary bird (Sagittarius serpentarius) by George Raper, 1769-1796.

Things I have thought WAY too long about: how to create an objective set of raw data to determine which animals are the most BAMF. Things at which I have not yet succeeded: see previous sentence.
Animals that Just Don’t Give A Fuck™:
Honey Badger
Secretary Bird
Wolverine
Cassowary
Bottle-nose Dolphin
Barn owls
Octopuses
Mongoose
Komodo Dragon
Cane toad*
Ranking based on Swag, Badassery, Illusory Cuteness and Disregard of Surroundings.
*Debatable. Is it so ugly it’s cute, or so ugly it’s just fugly?

scientificillustration:

Secretary bird (Sagittarius serpentarius) by George Raper, 1769-1796.

Things I have thought WAY too long about: how to create an objective set of raw data to determine which animals are the most BAMF. Things at which I have not yet succeeded: see previous sentence.

Animals that Just Don’t Give A Fuck™:

  1. Honey Badger
  2. Secretary Bird
  3. Wolverine
  4. Cassowary
  5. Bottle-nose Dolphin
  6. Barn owls
  7. Octopuses
  8. Mongoose
  9. Komodo Dragon
  10. Cane toad*

Ranking based on Swag, Badassery, Illusory Cuteness and Disregard of Surroundings.

*Debatable. Is it so ugly it’s cute, or so ugly it’s just fugly?

P.T. Barnum’s “Forest and Jungle” is told in story form, aimed at kids. The guy encountering the Secretary Bird is a tough Texan cowboy-type, with low regard for most animals he’s encountered so far. This bird, though? He doesn’t even try to kill it, but if he were he to come a yard closer to her nest, she would “attack him with the ferocity of a tigress protecting her cubs.”

From Forest and Jungle or Thrilling Adventures in all Quarters of the Globe; an illustrated history of the animal kingdom. By P.T. Barnum, 1897.

P.T. Barnum’s “Forest and Jungle” is told in story form, aimed at kids. The guy encountering the Secretary Bird is a tough Texan cowboy-type, with low regard for most animals he’s encountered so far. This bird, though? He doesn’t even try to kill it, but if he were he to come a yard closer to her nest, she would “attack him with the ferocity of a tigress protecting her cubs.”

From Forest and Jungle or Thrilling Adventures in all Quarters of the Globe; an illustrated history of the animal kingdom. By P.T. Barnum, 1897.

The secretary bird is way up there on my favorite animal list, at least in terms of being a badass goes. These crazy birds will stomp the hell outta the most venomous snakes in Africa, and sometimes it’s not even to eat them; they’re not keen on snakes even existing in their territory when they have chicks in the nest, let alone close enough to hunt their babies.
From Forest and Jungle or Thrilling Adventures in all Quarters of the Globe; an illustrated history of the animal kingdom. By P.T. Barnum, 1897.

The secretary bird is way up there on my favorite animal list, at least in terms of being a badass goes. These crazy birds will stomp the hell outta the most venomous snakes in Africa, and sometimes it’s not even to eat them; they’re not keen on snakes even existing in their territory when they have chicks in the nest, let alone close enough to hunt their babies.

From Forest and Jungle or Thrilling Adventures in all Quarters of the Globe; an illustrated history of the animal kingdom. By P.T. Barnum, 1897.