The researchers analysed
30,000 bird photos from nine
bird photography Instagram
. They created a special computer
to find which photos attracted the most "likes" on the photo-sharing
. Ornithologist Tim Snyder suggested the frogmouth was the most liked bird because of its large
and wide beak. He said that while most birds' eyes are positioned on the
of their head, the frogmouth's eyes are more in the centre of its face, which makes the bird appear more "
". Wildlife photographer Graeme Purdy told the BBC: "Anything cute and cuddly evokes
in human nature - and
anything with big eyes."