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Top 20 Most Beautiful Birds in the World

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Birds are one of Mother Nature’s prettiest creations. We are fortunate to live on planet earth, which is home to countless shades and species of birds.
The most stunning birds from so many attractive avians are hard to pick. In reality, nature perfectly formed every flora and fauna.
Each color and move is intended to be protection, camouflage, or attraction.
Yet here are some of the colorful, gorgeous bird photos we were struck with. We love their vibrant colors and their captivating feathers.
Here are some of the most beautiful birds in the world:

20. Blue Jay

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Blue jays are one of the world’s most intelligent and amazing birds. We can commonly find them in East and Central America.
They can clone the Hawks’ voices to take away other birds and rob their eggs and nests.
The “jay jay” is a unique, beautiful feature like the calls it makes.
These species of birds can be 9 or 12 inches in length and are distinguished by the blue crest on their heads.
They have white faces and black-collared necks when talking about their appearance.
The black color is also black across the sides of their heads, leaving bills and legs also black.

19. Indian peafowl

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The peacock is India’s National Bird and perhaps the prettiest bird in nature.
It has long feathers, and it’s an unforgettable experience of posing when it raises all fathers with a “dancing Peacock.”
Peacocks are known and adorated as sacred in India.
When the peacock loses its tail feathers, it has been used as a pen or for religious rituals since ancient times.

18. Hyacinth macaw

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The hyacinth macaw is the world’s largest flying parrot species, with an incredible length of 100 cm.
They live in semi-open areas in Northern Brazil’s savanna grasslands.
During the last few years, their population has decreased. Less than five thousand Hyacinth Macaws today are left in the world.
The primary threats to hyacinth macaws are habitat loss and illegal hunting.
Hyacinth Macaw is known for its striking cobalt blue plumage with bright yellow rings around the eyes and its enormous size.
Thanks to this spectacular coloring, Hyacinth Macaw is also known as the blue macaw.
Like other parrots, Blue macaws mostly eat fruit seeds.

17. Golden pheasant

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Although native to the forested western mountains of China, wild colonies of these blonde head birds have now been discovered worldwide, including in parts of Europe and North and evergreen forests of South America.
Golden pheasants are known for their multi-colorful plumage.
They have a beautiful red and yellow-tipped crest. The bottom and face are red and white.
Rusty tan colors are at the sides and throat. The beak of the golden pheasant is green and yellow. It has long pale and brown feathers and deep red shoulder feathers.
The males are much brighter than the females. The breasts and flanks are distinctive, scarlet like a tiger.
These birds have striking black spots on their central tail feathers, and unlike male pheasants, females have duller-mottled brown plumage.

16. Wilson’s bird-of-paradise

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Wilson’s Bird of Paradise is one of the strangest yet one of the cute colorful birds you’ll ever see.
Such birds are hard to find in deep forests in Indonesia. But, once you do, its vibrant foliage will take your breath away.

15. Rainbow lorikeet

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The Rainbow Lorikeet is known for its colorful body and bright eye, commonly known in the United States, Austria, and Australia.
Rainbow lorikeets (colorful parrots) are protected and are not threatened. But the pet trade is the only danger to these rainbow colored birds.
Because of its rich colors, people like to keep it as a pet.

14. Kingfisher

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The Kingfisher is a broad-billed and colorful exotic bird in the Alcedinidae family.
Over a hundred different Kingfish species exist, divided into three separate subfamilies.
Kingfishers hunt for fish and other aquatic animals, as their name suggests.
Each Kingfisher species has different colors and sizes, although the shape is identical.
They have big bodies, big heads, and even larger bills. The beaks at the base are long and point at the top.
Such birds range from 4 to 1/2 inches in length.
The plumage of Kingfisher is very colorful, and many species are blue.
Feathers are also available in orange, gray, white stripes, cream, black, red, brown, yellow, pink, purple, and any of the above variations.

13. Keel-billed toucan

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A multicolored beak found on such beautiful bird species is a unique feature.
The length of this beak can be up to 20 cm. These are also called the bright beak rainbow billed Toucan, famous for black feathers and a very large bill.
The species is commonly found in Central and South America. Because of their heavy beak, these pretty birds are poor flyers.
The bird can grow up to 50 cm and weigh 400 gms.

12. Northern cardinal

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Northern Cardinal’s fiery red feathers fascinate many bird watching people who look at them.
The cardinal bird is one of the most popular and common birds native to North America and is a regular visitor of the backyards in its entire range.
It is a medium-sized songbird with a bright red crest and a short, thick orange-reddish beak.
The cardinal’s face and throat are black masks with bright red arms. This bird has a black and gray face mask, but its body is dull-brown or tan, and its dull red wings and tail.
Its bright red crest got the cardinal its name as it looks like a Catholic Cardinal’s miter.
The feathers are much less on the front of the crest than on the back of the tail feathers.
Cardinals use their crest to stand or lie down for communication.

11. Horned Sungem

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Bird watchers find this very brightly colored species in the jungles of South America. Horned Sungem has feathers that look similar to horns, as it sounds.
This small hummingbird has two smartly arranged feathers that give the illusion that they have horns.
Nevertheless, only the males with brighter plumage adorn these horns than the females.

10. Nicobar Pigeon

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The Nicobar pigeon can be found in south-eastern Asia and the Pacific, particularly in the Indian Nicobar Islands.
The exact population count of these islands is unclear, but the species is declining because of deforestation and non-native predators (such as rats and cats).
Nicobar pigeon is closely connected with the extinct dodo bird, and such birds are common on these islands.
These are one of the prettiest birds in the world because of their rare colors and luminosity.
While they don’t measure up to the Victoria Crowned pigeon, its members can reach an imposing length between 15 to 17 inches.

9. Mandarin Duck

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In Japan and the most eastern parts of Russia and China, these brightly colored pheasants exist.
They like to stay near rivers and lakes, especially shrubs and forests.
These are among the most colorful birds, with many colors to count. Like the peacock, though, the beauty is mostly held by the male species.
The Mandarin Duck is considered the world’s most beautiful duck.
These species hold significance in the art of Chinese and Japanese culture and often win the hearts of artists through their rich colors.
It doesn’t wonder it’s one of the world’s top 20 most beautiful birds. These birds can also fly remarkably well.

8. Victoria Crowned Pigeon

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This majestic pigeon originates from northern New Guinea’s low swamps and plains.
Although these birds are often seen in bird sanctuary captivity, their wild population is declining. This is primarily due to habitat loss.
Unfortunately, Crowned Pigeons are hunted for meat and feathers too, but luckily it is now illegal to catch these animals for sale.
It is on the red list of the IUCN and listed as a threat, and the reproduction is slow as the female lays only one egg.
This pigeon can grow up to a turkey’s height, but they have far less weight.
Their blue, lilac, and purple feathers are spectacular, but their sophisticated lace feathers make these birds exquisite.

7. Gouldian Finch

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These beautiful small finches are from northern Australia, with scattered records from North West Queensland to the Kimberley area in Western Australia, from the Cape York Peninsula.
In a relatively small area of around 40 kilometers square, the birds wander and move if there is little water or food.
Its body has a lot of colors and is also known as the Rainbow Finch.

6. Resplendent Quetzal

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Once, the Mayan and Aztec people held sacred a shining quetzal used in the headdresses of rulers and priests by birds with dazzling colorful feathers.
They didn’t believe in killing the bird but released them after their magnificent tail feathers had been removed.
You’ll have to go to tropical Central America if you want this magnificent bird in its natural habitat.
When you plan a Costa Rican Ecotour, it can drive you to discover this beauty more effectively in the dense evergreen forest.

5. Gurney’s Pitta

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The pitta of the Gurney is indeed an exceptional beauty.
Unless you expect to ever see one, go to Khao Nor Chuchi, Thailand, or Tenasserim, Myanmar, where the only remaining populations are.
This small pitta habitat of the lowland rainforest, one of the most endangered species in the world, is being quickly destroyed by the palm oil industry.
Gurney’s pittas like to stay low and feed on worms, insects, and slugs.
The bird with a distinctive turquoise crown and tail, compared to his black and yellow substrates, is no concern.
The bird has a brown crown with a less dramatic blue tail, while it’s under pieces are dark-colored.
Unfortunately, only one chick of each clutch usually survives because of this species’ low breeding success rate.

4. Marvelous Spatuletail

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It is easy to see how fairy tales have been formed after seeing a mysterious male spatuletail.
The tiny bird has shimmering multi-colors and dazzling tail feathers on both sides, which flaps through the air faster than your human eyes can hold.
Only found within a limited range of wooded mountains in north-western Peru, the Rio Utcubamba region.
This hummingbird family bird features a bronze-green back and wings, a spectacled turquoise collar, a blue-violet crest, and a buff breast separated by a long black line.
The female has similar bronze-green colors, but the head, neck, and tail are colorless.
The bird’s most remarkable attribute is a wonderful tail composed of four feathers, almost as though the male spatula tail needed additional adornments.
Two of those feathers are thin, long, and straight, but the outside of both plumages stretches the bird’s body up to four times and finishes with two dark, spatula-shaped disks, known as spatulas.

3. Greater Bird of Paradise

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Animal explorers can find the Greater Bird of Paradise only in the deep forests of Indonesia.
This bird has extravagant feathering that looks out of this world.
When Europeans observed the Greater Bird of Paradise for the first time, they assumed it had no feet and never touched the earth.
This is where the Latin name of the birds means “legless birds of paradise” because of missing feet from the original specimens sent to Europe.
The male is spectacularly stunning with a green neck emerald, yellow crown, blue beak, maroon-brown plumage, and a long wavy yellow and white color tail.
The female has mostly unbarred maroon-brown feathers, missing the ornamental flank feathers.
Such birds wake up in the morning with their resounding “wawk wawk” call as they fly like colorful angels across the hills of Indonesia and New Guinea’s Aru Islands.
Their diet includes fruits and seeds, but this bird can sometimes hunt insects.

2. Splendid Fairy Wren

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The undergrowth of Marri, Karri, Jarrah, the Mulga Bush, and scrubland in western and central Australia is evident because of these beautiful small birds.
Females are light dusky, violet, and gray, often the first time you can see them.
The young males and females have a similar appearance with a blue tip on their wings.
Males develop an intense shade of blue during the breeding season.
These species are so prompt and fleeting that bird watchers have to take a close look to get a perfect photograph.
You will be rewarded with a beautiful encounter with some luck and persistence if you listen to their voice’s fast, high-pitched chirping during a standstill.

1. Blue Bird-of-Paradise

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Many bird experts consider Blue Bird-of-Paradise the most beautiful bird in the world, and it is certainly a beautiful sight to see.

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The male has a bright blue tail, a bluish ivorybill, and white-ringed eyes instead of a blackhead, chest, and back.
This impressive garb is completed by reddish-brown flank feathers and two long, flowing tail feathers.
The lady blue paradise bird has no ornamental tail feathers but is colorful like the male, but not her chestnut basement.
The majestic male birds of Vogelkop, during mating season, perform a ‘courtship dance.’
For example, the larger the superb bends its knees and bounces during the dance.
Nevertheless, the Vogelkop melts his feet with fast, small movements and glides effectively side by side.
These courtship displays of mating rituals are similar to peacocks to attract females.

There are so many amazing birds in the world, but not enough time to talk about them all, so we focused on these twenty species.

11 thoughts on “Top 20 Most Beautiful Birds in the World”

  1. Undoubtedly peacock should stand in 1st place.. because this is the most beautiful, most colorful and the most eye catching bird of all time…….


  3. Are the Rainbow Lorikeets featured in the introduction perhaps babies or fledglings? Curious if these two beauties are fully grown. SO STUNNINGLY BEAUTIFUL. Thank you for posting the photo.

  4. A couple of facts need to be corrected in the descriptions of two of the birds you have highlighted…

    1. The Rainbow Lorikeet is native to Australia and is only known anywhere else in the world, because they’ve been either born in captivity or traded in other countries.

    2. Gouldian Finches are found in and native to AUSTRALIA, not Austria (as it states in your description).

    Thank you.

  5. Birds are the wonderful creations of nature, Thanks for listing, how can we leave out the Sun Conure for color? Maybe you can add it when you extend the listing. It is one of my favorite birds.

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