We are all fascinated by birds to a greater or lesser extent. Not only did they inspire humanity to take flight – their beautiful songs and plumage have been admired and revered for millennia. Thanks to the wonders of evolution, some of the most colorful creatures on this earth are the ones that soar high above us. Here are 14 of the most colorful birds in the world:
This medium-sized perching duck hails from California. A typical adult measures about 19 inches long, with a wingspan of roughly 29 inches. Adult males are the ones with the distinctive multicolored iridescent plumage, as pictured above.
The Red avadavat (estrildid finches) which occur in Pakistan are small passerine birds of the Old World tropics and Australasia. They are gregarious and often colonial seed eaters with short thick but pointed bills. They are all similar in structure and habits, but have wide variation in plumage colours and patterns.
Red-throated Bee Eater
Bee-eaters are characterized by richly-colored plumage, slender bodies, and elongated central tail feathers. They are typically found in Hong Kong, Taiwan, China, and other Southeast Asian countries and territories.
The Scarlet Tanager is a medium-sized American songbird. While the males are bright red with black wings and tails, females are yellowish underneath and olive on top. They also have brown wings and tails.
As its name suggests, this is one of the most colorful birds species of all. Its plumage consists of almost every color of the rainbow. It’s native to Australia, and is a species of parrot.
There are roughly 90 species of kingfisher throughout the world, the majority of which are highly colorful. The species pictured above is the common kingfisher. General kingfisher traits include short legs, stubby tails, and pointed bills.
This toucan is the national bird of the South American nation of Belize. While toucans are generally colorful birds, this particular species is noteworthy because of its delightfully-colored bill. It’s sometimes referred to as the sulfur-breasted toucan, because of its yellow chest plumage.
Also known as the wild canary, male American goldfinches are at their most spectacular during mating season. Courtship rituals include aerial maneuvers and singing.
This magnificent gamer bird is native to the mountainous regions and forests of western China. However, feral populations also exist elsewhere in the world.
The national bird of Venezuela is larger than you might imagine, and it has a long and bulky tail. They are known for stealing nests from other species, and are very hostile toward other species who may try to intrude on their territory.
You can distinguish a green-winged macaw from a superficially similar scarlet macaw thanks to their eye lines and a lack of a yellow bar on each wing. Some call this species of parrot the gentle giant, as it’s larger in size than other macaws, but more docile in nature.
Often described as the most beautiful bird in North America, a male painted bunting is identifiable by its dark blue head, green back, red rump, and underpants.
This beautiful, deep blue bird is native to central and eastern South America. It is the world’s largest flying parrot species, by length. Sadly, their popularity as pets has had a dramatic impact on wild populations.
There are four species of yellow oriole, and, as their name suggests, they are bright yellow. Males have black eye masks, a thin, black throat line, and a white wing bar. Females are similar but duller in appearance.