Bird watchers and researchers have determined that there are roughly 9,000 to 10,000 species of birds. It is possible to differentiate them based on attributes such as their looks and hues. If you take a closer look at them, you will discover that these birds come in a vast assortment of sizes and colours. Some of them are truly stunning. Keep reading to explore some of the most attractive birds in the world. From the ones with dramatic eyelashes to those resembling small cotton balls, see if you can identify any of these remarkable creatures.
1) Golden Pheasant
Nowadays, the golden pheasant is being raised all over Asia and is being kept as an interesting pet by bird lovers in the West. Different types of pheasants exist, including the ones often seen in Europe, the Chinese Pheasant, and Hainan Pheasant. All of these birds have a similar body build; they are large, have long tails, and sport a vibrant plumage. Moreover, their distinct behaviors and social patterns make it easy to recognize them as a single species.
2) Golden Pheasant Mandarink Duck
It is thought that the taming of the mallard duck began around the period of Jesus’ birth. Mallard ducks are one of the most frequently seen birds in North America. As well as being a favored pet and food supplier, these animals are also utilized for their downy feathers; these are employed for making garments and insulation.
3) 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.
Guinea fowl are a breed of chicken that is native to the African continent and the Indian subcontinent. Records show that they were first domesticated in Southeast Asia more than 5000 years ago and have been bred for various purposes since then. These birds are sometimes referred to as “Indian jungle fowl” or “Indian jungle peacocks”, though this title is also used for several other species. Nowadays, guinea fowl are bred for their meat, eggs, and feathers. They are sizeable birds with slim frames, long necks, and extended tails.
5) The Black-Throated Bushtit
The Black-Throated Bushtit is a tiny avian with a black throat and white face. The male has an orange facial area, while the female has a grayish face with a yellow throat. This species has long tails, and they typically perch on branches. They are quite active, hopping from one branch to another and going through the undergrowth. They consume insects, seeds, and minute fruits. They inhabit thick woodlands and are usually seen near water sources, where they come to drink and have a bath. In addition, they can be seen flying in order to catch bugs that pass by. Moreover, they are chatty birds, making noises when they jump around branches or traverse the undergrowth.
6) Crested Duck
Crested ducks are a type of domesticated bird living in watery habitats. It is assumed that the alteration of the skull shape originated in the East Indies and was delivered to Europe by Dutch vessels, where it is widespread.
7) Taiwan Blue Magpie
The Taiwan blue magpie, which is also referred to as the Formosan blue magpie or the “long-tailed mountain lady”, is a type of crow unique to Taiwan.
8) Pygmy Wren Babbler
The pygmy cupwing, also known as the pygmy wren-babbler, is a member of the Pnoepygidae family and is found in regions of southern and eastern Asia ranging from the Himalayas to the Lesser Sunda Islands. Its preferred habitats include subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests and subtropical or tropical moist montane forests.
9) 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.
During a research expedition in the mid-1700s, Sir Joshua Wilson, a famous explorer and biologist, documented what is considered to be the first sighting of the Cotingid birds of the Rupicola genus. These birds can be found in the tropical and subtropical rainforests of South America, typically nestled near rocky regions. Currently, the Rupicola genus comprises of two species, namely the Andean cock-of-the-rock and the Guianan cock-of-the-rock. Notably, the Andean cock-of-the-rock is Peru’s national bird.
11) Lady Amherst’s Pheasant
The Lady Amherst’s Pheasant, scientifically known as “Lophura amherstiae”, is a bird of medium size that has a lengthy tail and a prominent head. This species is native to the tropical regions of Africa and it feeds on insects, berries and seeds. The most remarkable trait of the male of this species is its colorful red plumage which resembles a pheasant. On the other hand, female birds of this species have a duller coloration.
12) The Nicobar Pigeon
The Nicobar Pigeon (Caloenas nicobarica) is a kind of bird that belongs to the Columbidae family and is only found in the Nicobar Islands in the Indian Ocean. Since its range and population are comparatively small, it is often regarded as the world’s most vulnerable pigeon species.
It was formerly categorized as two distinct species, namely Caloenas nicobarica and Caloenas reichenbaumii, but DNA testing has revealed that they are in fact one species. Although scientific experts have proposed separating them into two distinct species, there are no distinctive characteristics to tell them apart, so it remains a single species.
13) The Harpy Eagle
The harpy eagle is one of the greatest eagles on Earth, and they live in the tropical forests across sub-Saharan Africa, ranging from Somalia to South Africa. Unfortunately, this majestic bird is not a regular sight, but if you have the opportunity to view it, the experience is worth it! Not only do these eagles possess stunning beauty, but they are also quite adaptable, thus allowing them to exist in numerous environments and weather conditions.
14) A Pigeon With a Curly Hairstyle
This particular type of feather has two distinct ornamental curls which provide a clear indication of its look. Not only is it attractive, but it requires minimal effort to maintain. Just like frizzled chickens, silky pigeons and doves with fragile plumes, porcupines can be either bald or have spiny feathers if they have inherited both alleles. An excellent example of this hairstyle is Jane Fonda.
15) 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.
16) South Philippine Dwarf Kingfisher
The Philippine Dwarf Kingfisher is native to the southern part of the Philippines and mainly consumes insects. It is mainly an inhabitant of the forest floor, but on occasion it is observed searching for food in lowland freshwater locations. It is usually seen alone or in pairs and is known to crouch on the leaves or on branches over water.
This kind of avian has a large body that does not migrate and is characterized by a large, round crest and white and yellow on its wings. Its body is smoothly curved and has a reddish-brown face. On the lower side, its tail is brightly coloured in rufous orange. It breeds in northern coniferous forests where there is fruit, though when the fruit is scarce, it may come in large numbers.
18) Bearded Reedling
The Bearded Reedling is a diminutive songbird that is found in both Europe and Asia. Measuring 20 to 25 centimeters (8-10 inches) in length, it is the most miniscule species of the reedling warblers. This bird has a short bill and a moustache-like beard around its beak. Its upper body is brown, underneath is white, and its wings are adorned with black bars. The Bearded Reedling gives off a dry, high-pitched chattering sound.
The Quetzal is a species located in the Andes Mountains of Central America, and is typically found at elevations between 4,500 and 5,500 meters. It belongs to the Psittaciformes order and its scientific name is “Pharomachrus mocinno”, though it is more commonly referred to as the “Andean Cockatoo” or the “Andean Toucan”.
20) Sword-Billed Hummingbird
The Sword-Billed hummingbird is of medium size and has a black head with a cheerfully yellow beak and a lengthy, red bill resembling a sword that provides the bird its peculiar name. Its back is grayish, its underside is rufous in color, its breast is white, and its tail is brightly hued green. Its legs are black and its forelegs have white spots. Its body length is between 14 and 16 cm (5.5 to 6 inches) and its wingspan ranges from 25 to 26 cm (9.8 to 10 inches).
21) Plate-Billed Mountain Toucan
The plate-billed mountain toucan belongs to the Ramphastidae family, and it is found in the wet mountain forests of western Ecuador and southern Colombia, which are at significant heights. It is also referred to as the laminated hill-toucan, the laminated mountain-toucan, and the plain-billed mountain-toucan.
22) The Secretary
John Frederick Miller identified the secretarybird species in 1779. These large birds of prey live in sub-Saharan Africa and prefer open grasslands and savannas as their habitats. Despite belonging to the Accipitriformes order, which is comprised of diurnal predators such as kites, hawks, vultures, and harriers, the secretarybird has its own family known as the Sagittariidae family.
23) Blue Crowned Pigeon
The western crowned pigeon, which is also sometimes known as the blue crowned pigeon or common crowned pigeon, is a sizable bird with a blue-grey hue. Its head is adorned with blue lacy crests and has dark blue mask-like feathers around the eyes. The male and female of the species look similar but the males tend to be larger. On average, they measure 70 cm (27 inches) and weigh 2.1 kg (4.6 pounds).
24) Long Tailed Tit
The long-tailed tit, a species referred to as the long-tailed bushtit, is found in the Palearctic region, which covers most of Europe. This variety of tit was given the genus name Aegithalos by Aristotle, and is classified in the same 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
Small, migratory thrushes inhabiting mountainous regions of western North America, mountain bluebirds are characterized by a light underside and dark eyes. The males in particular exhibit a striking turquoise-blue hue, a slim bill, and a pale stomach.
27) Secretary Bird
The quill-like feathers on the head of this bird are assumed to be the source of its nickname, which is reminiscent of a secretary carrying quill pens behind his or her ears.
28) Victoria Crowned Pigeon
The Victoria crowned pigeon is an impressive bird, identifiable by its bluish-grey plumage, maroon chests, and red irises, in addition to the elegant blue lace-like crests on its head. This species belongs to a group of four large pigeons which are found exclusively in New Guinea. Its white crest tips and unique ‘whooping’ calls, which it produces when vocalising, are both a tribute to the British monarch Queen Victoria.
29) Beautiful Strawberry Finch
The Estrildidae family has three members: the avadavats, red munias, and strawberry finches. These birds, which are about the size of sparrows, can be found in open fields and grasslands in tropical Asia and are beloved as cage birds because of the males’ colorful plumage during breeding season. The terms “amandava” and “avadavat” come from Ahmedabad, India, where these birds used to be sent for sale as pets. These species typically breed during the monsoon season in the Indian Subcontinent.
The grandala is the only bird within its family and is its own genus. It feeds off insects and is situated in the eastern part of the Indian Subcontinent and the Himalayas, typically at middle-level heights. This bird species is present in Bhutan, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Tibet, and some regions in China.
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