Incredibly Beautiful Birds – There are approximately 9,000 to 10,000 species of birds, according to bird watchers and scientists. Physical appearance and colouring, for example, are two methods to distinguish between them. When you examine them more closely, you’ll see that birds come in a wide variety of sizes and colours.
Some are truly breathtaking. Continue reading to discover some of the most beautiful birds in the world. From those with incredible eyelashes to the ones that look like tiny cotton balls, see if you can recognise any of these beautiful creatures.
Incredibly Beautiful Birds
1) Lady Amherst’s Pheasant
The Lady Amherst’s Pheasant (“Lophura amherstiae”) is a medium-sized bird with a long tail and large head. It is found in tropical Africa, where it eats insects, berries, and seeds. Its most distinguishing feature is its male’s bright red pheasant-like plumage. Female birds are drabber in coloration.
The Lady Amherst’s Pheasant is named after Lady Amherst, wife of British explorer Sir Jeffery Amherst. She was the first European woman to see the species in 1816.
The Lady Amherst’s Pheasant is currently classified as Vulnerable by the IUCN due to habitat loss and hunting for food and sport. The Lady Amherst’s Pheasant has a long tail with small feathers that can be folded back, giving it an overall featherless look when active.
Another noticeable characteristic of this bird is the prominent crest on its head; it consists of two pairs of feathers that can be raised or lowered depending on the bird’s mood or situation. These feathers also have dark patches on them which make them appear blacker than they actually are. The legs and feet of the pheasant are covered in feather tufts called “toes” and help to keep its feet warm and dry during cold weather.
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2) The Nicobar Pigeon
The Nicobar Pigeon (Caloenas nicobarica) is a species of bird in the family Columbidae. It is found in the Nicobar Islands in the Indian Ocean. The Nicobar pigeon is often considered the world’s most endangered pigeon due its small range and relatively low numbers.
It was previously considered to belong to two different species, Caloenas nicobarica and Caloenas reichenbaumii. DNA testing has shown that these are one species. It has been suggested that it should be split into two separate species, but no longer visibly distinguishable characteristics currently exist, so it remains a single species.
The Nicobar Pigeon has an overall length of 18-26 cm (7-10 inches). It has a large head with long neck; sharp beak; and short tail. Its colour varies from light grey to blackish or greyish brown.
There are three subspecies: the nominate subspecies “C. n. nicobarsis” found on the islands of Nicobar and Great Nicobar; “C. n. badrii” found on Great Nicobar Island; and “C. n. flavescens” found on Haldia Island off West Bengal state in India (formerly known as the company town of Haldia). It is also known as the Nicobar pigeon or Nicobarese P
3) The Harpy Eagle
The harpy eagle is one of the largest eagles in the world. It can be found in tropical forests across sub-Saharan Africa, from Somalia to South Africa. The harpy eagle is not a common sight to see, but it’s certainly worth the effort if you have the chance! Not only are they beautiful, but they’re also very adaptable. This means that they can survive in a wide range of habitats and climates.
Harpy Eagles live in family groups called “mating pairs”. These pairs generally stay together for life, feeding together and hunting together. Harpy Eagles are known for their large size and ability to take down prey much larger than themselves, including African buffalo, impala, and even rhinoceros! Harpy Eagles can also be found in urban areas, such as Cape Town, which means that they can easily be spotted by people outside of their natural habitat.
While harpy eagles are not easy to spot in the wild, there are many ways to help protect them. By planting trees under which they can nest or staying away from places where they might come into contact with people, you can both help them and keep yourself safe!
4) A pigeon with a curly hairstyle.
Pairs of decorative curls adorn the wing shield feathers in this variety, giving a major clue as to their appearance. They are also quite practical and require little styling. Like frizzled chickens and silky pigeonsdoves, porcupines with brittle feathers can be bald or porcupines if they are homozygous for it. A good example of this hairstyle would be Jane Fonda.
5) Dracula Parrot
Pesquet’s parrot is unique in that it is the single species in its genus. It inhabits New Guinea’s hill and montane rainforests.
6) South Philippine Dwarf Kingfisher
The Philippine Dwarf Kingfisher is endemic to the south of the Philippines and feeds primarily on insects. It is largely terrestrial, but will also forage in lowland freshwater at times. The Philippine Dwarf Kingfisher is a bird of the forest understorey, and can be seen skulking among the leaves or squatting on branches overhanging water. It is typically found alone or in pairs.
The species typically builds its nest out of twigs and vines, laying 2-3 eggs (1-2 white and 1-2 pink). Incubation takes about 11 days, and fledging takes about 17 days. The Philippine Dwarf Kingfisher is threatened by habitat loss and degradation.
A large, nonmigratory bird with a big, rounded crest and white and yellow wing markings, this species has a sleek appearance that is rounded, rust-colored face. The tail is vivid rufous orange on the underside. Breeds in coniferous forests of the Northern Hemisphere where fruit is available. When fruit is scarce, they occasionally descend in large numbers.
They are often seen feasting on fruit trees such as crabapple and mountain ash. Listen for their ringing trills, which are often uttered while flying overhead. The Bohemian Waxwing is bigger and greyer than the Cedar Waxwing and the Japanese Waxwing, which live in North America and Asia, respectively, and it lacks yellow on its belly.
8) Bearded Reedling
The Bearded Reedling is a small songbird found in Europe and Asia. At 20 to 25 centimeters (8-10 inches) long, it is the smallest of the reedling warblers. The Bearded Reedling has a short bill and moustache-like beard around its mouth. It has brown upperparts, white underparts, and black bars on its wings. The Bearded Reedling makes dry, chattering calls.
It breeds in marshy areas with reeds, grasses and other sedgeland vegetation. It lays two eggs at a time on the ground. Like all reedlings, the Bearded Reedling feeds on insects and spiders.
It nests only once a year, between May and June. Like many other small birds, the Bearded Reedled usually forages alone or in pairs.
The Quetzal is native to the Andes Mountains in Central America, where it can be found at elevations between 4,500 and 5,500 meters. It is a member of the Psittaciformes order. Its scientific name is “Pharomachrus mocinno”, but it is commonly known as “Andean Cockatoo” or “Andean Toucan”.
The Quetzal’s range extends from western Panama to eastern Colombia. Its population is estimated to be 8,000 to 12,000 birds. The Quetzal’s natural habitats are subtropical or tropical dry forests and subtropical or tropical moist montane forests.
10) Sword-Billed Hummingbird
The Sword-Billed hummingbird is a medium sized hummingbird. It has a black head with a bright yellow beak and long, red sword-like bill that gives it the name. The bird has greyish back, rufous belly, white breast and bright green tail. Its long legs are black with white spots on its forelegs. The bird’s body length is 14 to 16 cm (5.5 to 6 inches) and its wingspan is 25 to 26 cm (9.8 to 10 inches).
The bird’s breeding habitats are subtropical/tropical moist lowland forests. It is found in Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, French Guiana, Paraguay, Peru and Suriname.
The birds forage on the ground for berries and other fruits. They also feed on insects like flies and ants. They can also catch insects in midair with their long bills.
11) Golden Pheasant
Golden pheasants have been known in the wild for centuries, but domestication is a relatively new concept. The birds were first bred in captivity in southern China after their feathers were bred into luxurious textiles.
The golden pheasant is now raised throughout Asia and has become an exotic pet for bird enthusiasts in the West. There are several types of pheasants, including the species common in Europe, the Chinese Pheasant and Hainan Pheasant. These birds all have similar physical characteristics, including large bodies, long tails and colorful plumage. They also have distinct behaviors and social structures that make them easy to identify as a group.
Golden pheasants can be found in parts of China, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam. They are generally found near forests and wetlands where they feed on grasses and other plants. The birds are considered an important part of the ecosystem because they feed on insects, which help balance ecosystems by controlling insect populations. Golden pheasants are also important because they can be used for conservation programs.
12) Mandarink Duck
The domestication of the mallard duck is believed to have occurred around the time of the birth of Christ. Mallard ducks are one of the most common birds in North America. In addition to being a popular pet and food source, they are also used for their down feathers; which are used to make clothing and insulation.
Mallard ducks are members of the Anatidae family, along with geese and swans. They have a pair of webbed toes on each foot, which helps them swim and walk on land. Mallards have a black head, white neck, silver-gray body, and orange-red legs, which makes them easy to distinguish from other ducks. They can grow up to 3 feet tall, weigh up to 5 pounds, and live an average of 10 years.
13) Inca Tern
The Inca Tern is the largest extant seabird species in the world, with a wingspan of up to 3.5 meters (11 ft). The Inca Tern breeds on islands throughout the western Pacific Ocean, nesting in colonies on remote islands or small rocky outposts. The bird’s diet consists of fish, crustaceans and squid. Inca Terns are highly social birds that form large groups when foraging or nesting.
They often stand close together while feeding, and occasionally engage in “sparring” displays with each other, but they rarely fight. The Inca Tern is threatened by human activities such as fishing and tropical storms. The Inca Tern is one of most spectacular sea birds to view from land because of its size and distinctive shape.
When flying it shows a white wing-spreading fan pattern and orange legs and feet. It has long narrow wings which reach up to 3 metres (10 ft) across the wing span with a long tail tapering to a point.
The bill may be long and hooked at the end. It has a gray head and neck with blackish bars on the back and rump, pale gray underparts and white outer primaries on the wing. It can be distinguished from other similar sized terns by its size, length of neck and breast, white collar around the neck and variable barring on back.
Guinea fowl is a type of chicken which is native to Africa and the Indian subcontinent. It was first domesticated in Southeast Asia over 5000 years ago, and has been widely cultivated since then. Guinea fowl are often referred to as “Indian jungle fowl” or “Indian jungle peacocks”, although these terms are also used for several other species. Today, guinea fowl are raised for meat, eggs, and feathers. Guinea fowl are large birds with slender bodies, long necks, and tails.
They can grow up to 1.7 meters (5 feet 7 inches) in height and weigh up to 11 kilograms (24 pounds). The males of the species have longer necks than the females. Both sexes have brown plumage with black markings on the face, neck, and chest.
Males have a crest on their heads while females do not. While guinea fowl are mostly greenish-brown in color, they can also be white or greyish-brown in color. Guinea fowl live in areas with low rainfall where they can find open spaces to roam freely.
They tend to prefer grasslands but will also inhabit savannas, shrublands, forests, and scrublands. Guinea fowl are omnivorous animals that eat both plants and animals including seeds, leaves, roots, insects, small vertebrates such as lizards and small rodents, eggs and
15) The Black-Throated Bushtit
The Black-Throated Bushtit is a medium-sized bird with a black throat and white cheeks. The male has an orange face, while the female is more grayish with a yellow throat. They have long tails and are small birds that usually sit on branches.
They are very active and like to hop around branches and through the undergrowth. They eat insects, seeds and small fruits. They live in dense forests and can often be found in areas near water where they come to drink and bathe. They will often fly up to catch insects as they pass by. They are noisy birds that make chattering sounds as they hop around branches or through the undergrowth.
The Black-Throated Bushtit is a medium-sized bird with a black throat and white cheeks. The male has an orange face, while the female is more grayish with a yellow throat. They have long tails and are small birds that usually sit on branches. They are very active and like to hop around branches and through the undergrowth. They eat insects, seeds and small fruits.
They live in dense forests and can often be found in areas near water where they come to drink and bathe. They will often fly up to catch insects as they pass by.
16) Crested Duck
Crested ducks are a type of domesticated waterfowl. The deformed skull mutation is believed to have been brought to Europe from the East Indies by Dutch ships, where it is common.
17) Taiwan Blue Magpie
The Taiwan blue magpie, also known as the Formosan blue magpie or the “long-tailed mountain lady”, is a crow species endemic to Taiwan.
18) Pygmy Wren Babbler
The pygmy cupwing or pygmy wren-babbler, Pnoepyga wren-babblers family Pnoepygidae, is a wren-babbler species found in southern and eastern Asia from the Himalayas to the Lesser Sunda Islands. It inhabits subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests and subtropical or tropical moist montane forests.
19) Rufous-Crested Coquette
The Rufous-crested Coquette (“Vanellus cristatus”) is a small passerine bird that is found in forested areas of the Indian Subcontinent and Southeast Asia. This species was formerly placed in the genus “Carrigera” until being moved to the monotypic genus Vanellus in 2009. The Rufous-crested Coquette is not closely related to other members of its genus, but rather to the unrelated Estrildids, which form a sister group within Corvidae.
The Rufous-crested Coquette resembles a large finch, but can be distinguished from other finches by its rufous crest, white cheeks, and black line running from the eye to the side of its head. It has an olive-brown back with a pale belly and wings with dark tips. Its tail is long and narrow and it hops through the undergrowth rather than walking.
This species forages by gleaning insects off leaves and branches or by sallying out to catch flying prey. It builds a cup nest on a horizontal branch or tree trunk lined with grass, lichen, and feathers. There are usually two eggs per clutch which are incubated for 13–14 days before hatching.
Cotingid birds of the genus Rupicola are found in South America’s tropical and subtropical rainforests. During the mid-1700s, Sir Joshua Wilson, an explorer and biologist, recorded what is thought to be the first example of this species during a research expedition. Their nests are constructed close to rocky areas, where they live. The Andean cock-of-the-rock and the Guianan cock-of-the-rock are the only two currently living species in the Rupicola genus. The Andean cock-of-the-rock, the national bird of Peru, is the Peruvian national bird.
21) Plate-Billed Mountain Toucan
The plate-billed mountain toucan is a member of the Ramphastidae family. It inhabits the humid Andean mountain forests of western Ecuador and southern Colombia, where it lives at high altitudes. It is also known as the laminated hill-toucan, the laminated mountain-toucan, and the plain-billed mountain-toucan.
22) The Secretary
Secretarybirds or secretary birds are large, terrestrial birds of prey native to sub-Saharan Africa. They inhabit open grassland and savanna habitats. John Frederick Miller identified this species in 1779. This bird, although a member of the Accipitriformes order, which includes such diurnal predators as kites, hawks, vultures, and harriers, has its own family, Sagittariidae.
23) Blue Crowned Pigeon
The western crowned pigeon, also known as the blue crowned pigeon or common crowned pigeon, is a large, blue-grey pigeon with blue lacy crests over its head and dark blue mask feathers around its eyes. Although both sexes are similar, males are often larger than females. It averages 70 cm (27 inches) long and weighs 2.1 kg (4.6 pounds).
24) Long Tailed Tit
The long-tailed tit, also known as the long-tailed bushtit, is found throughout Europe and the Palearctic. Long-tailed tits, for which the genus name Aegithalos was used by Aristotle, are included in this group.
25) A Malaysian Frogmouth and her baby.
The large frogmouth is found in Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand, where it inhabits subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests. Its survival is endangered by logging, and the International Union for Conservation of Nature considers it to be ‘near-threatened’.
26) Mountain Bluebird
Mountain bluebirds are tiny, migratory thrushes that dwell in mountainous regions of western North America. They have a light underbelly and black eyes. Male mountain bluebirds are brilliant turquoise-blue with thin bills and lighter bellies.
Females have grey breasts, grey crowns, throat, and back in addition to grey tail and wings. In fresh plumage, the throat and breast are red-orange, brown near the flank in contrast to white underparts on the tail. Their call is a thin ‘few,’ and their song is a warbled high ‘chur chur.’ Idaho and Nevada have adopted it as their state bird. It can live six to ten years in the wild, where it eats spiders, grasshoppers, flies, and small fruits. It is a relative of the eastern and western bluebirds.
27) Secretary Bird
Because of the quill-like feathers on its crest, this species is thought to have given rise to the bird’s common name, which is inspired by a secretary with quill pens tucked behind his or her ears.
28) Victoria Crowned Pigeon
The Victoria crowned pigeon is a bluish-grey, large ground-dwelling pigeon with maroon breasts and red irises, as well as elegant blue lace-like crests. The genus of four unique and very large pigeons native to New Guinea is composed of four distinct species. This bird may be recognised by its white crest tips and its deep ‘whooping’ sounds as it vocalises, both of which honour British monarch Queen Victoria.
29) Beautiful Strawberry Finch
The Estrildidae family includes the avadavats, red munias, and strawberry finches. This sparrow-sized bird lives in the open fields and grasslands of tropical Asia and is popular as a cage bird because of the colourful feathers of the males during breeding season. The amandava and avadavat species names come from Ahmedabad, India, where these birds were once exported into the pet trade. They breed during the monsoon season in the Indian Subcontinent.
The grandala is a thrush family member that is the sole species in the genus Grandala. It is an arboreal insectivore and ranges across the northeastern Indian Subcontinent and adjacent areas, primarily in low-to-mid elevation areas of the Himalayas. It can be found in Bhutan, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Tibet, and other parts of China.
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