Top 10 Birds with Longest Beaks


Birds have evolved a wide array of beak shapes and sizes, and some species possess remarkably long beaks that serve unique purposes.


The toucan boasts a long, vibrant beak, which is actually quite lightweight. It helps the bird reach fruits on branches that are otherwise inaccessible.

Sword-Billed Hummingbird

The sword-billed hummingbird holds the record for the longest beak relative to its body size. Its bill length is longer than its entire body!


The hornbill is known for its large, curved beak that helps it capture prey, dig nesting holes, and create impressive resonating calls.


Pelicans possess long, pouched bills that allow them to scoop up fish from the water's surface. The pouch can expand to accommodate large catches.


The spoonbill's distinctive beak shape resembles a spoon, which it uses to sift through water and mud for small aquatic creatures.


Certain ibis species have long, curved beaks that aid in probing soft soils or shallow water for insects, crustaceans, and other prey.


Curlews have long, slender bills that enable them to probe deep into the ground or mud to extract worms, mollusks, and other invertebrates.


The kiwi is a flightless bird with a long, thin beak that it uses to sniff out invertebrates hidden underground, such as worms and grubs.

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