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by Saurabh 18 Jun 2011, 05:31
2. Ostrich
Birds that can beat the Crap out of you

Though they look awesome from far away, the closer you get to the ostrich, the world's largest bird, the more you realize just how massive they are. An ostrich is taller and also outweighs most humans as they can be up to 9 feet tall and weigh up to 350 pounds.

They could do some serious damage with their beaks, but that would be nothing compared to the damage an ostrich could do with its legs. An ostrich has a kick so powerful that it can exert about 500 pounds of pressure per square inch in its kick. Also, due to the strength in its legs, the ostrich has extreme stamina and speed when running, so you have no chance of outrunning one.

An ostrich can run for up to 10 miles straight without stopping and can do so at a consistent 30 mph.

1. Cassowary
Birds that can beat the Crap out of you

Though smaller than an ostrich at five to six feet tall and only about 130 to 150 pounds, the cassowary, native to New Guinea and Australia was named the most dangerous bird in the world in the 2007 edition of the Guinness World Records list.

First of all, cassowaries are extremely aggressive and there are numerous reports of attacks every year. The single claw on each foot could mess you up as it's very sharp and almost 5 inches long, but that's the least of your worries. Like the ostrich, the cassowary's strength is in its legs as it can kick with the power of 800 pounds per square inch of pressure.

From this, you should have learned a few things. The first and most important thing is that you can appreciate the beauty of birds, but it's imperative that you respect them and respect their space. Though encounters can occur from some species of birds unprovoked, most attacks are provoked.

If you remember to marvel at these birds from a distance, you can appreciate them a lot more than if you were to get on the bad side of one of these amazing creatures.