A tawny frogmouth bats its enormous eyes at the camera. (Image credit: Getty) The sky is full of exceptional birds. Cardinals bedecked with half-male, half-female plumage; godwits that can soar 7,500 miles (12,000 kilometers) across oceans nonstop; parrots that can best Harvard undergrads in a classic con game (no student loans required). Then, there are birds whose only claim to fame is their ugliness — and, according to a new study, those may be the most exceptional birds of all. Meet the frogmouth — that is, if you haven’t already brushed feathers with this big-eyed owl lookalike on Instagram. This nocturnal, Muppet-faced avian was once hailed as "the world’s most unfortunate-looking bird" in a 2004 paper in the journal Nature Australia . Now, scientists writing in the journal i-Perception have given the frogmouth a new title: The "most Instagrammable bird" on Earth . What does that mean, exactly? It’s not that the frogmouth appears in more Instagram photos than any other avian; Indeed, after looking at more than 27,000 bird photos on Instagram, the researchers found the frogmouth appeared in only 65 of them, they wrote in their study, published April 22. However, in those 65 photos, the frogmouth […]


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