The list of the most beautiful and colorful bird species in the world

What are the most beautiful bird species in the world? This is definitely a difficult question for most of us, because the majority of bird species in the world are beautiful. However, some species certainly have outstanding features that may surpass the rest. We will reveal to you the top 11 most beautiful bird species in the world as below. Please follow along.

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1. Hyacinth Macaw

With an impressive length of 100cm, the Hyacinth Macaw is the largest parrot species in the world. They live in the Xavan grasslands in northern Brazil. The population of this species has been declining in recent years. Today, there are fewer than 5000 Hyacinth Macaws in the world. Habitat loss due to migration and hunting are the main threats to the species.

Besides its large size, the Hyacinth Macaw is also known for its striking cobalt blue feathers with bright yellow rings around its eyes. Due to this beautiful color, it is also called the “blue parrot”. They also have a beautiful long tail and a strong, curved black beak.

If they are trained properly, Hyacinth Macaws can become excellent pets. To make them feel comfortable, you should also give them plenty of space. They are very mischievous and not good at imitating speech like some other members of the parrot family.

You should be aware of the strong nature of the Hyacinth Macaw. It cannot be guaranteed that they will not bite you even when properly cared for and trained. Hyacinth Macaws can also be extremely noisy when in a group.


2. Wood Duck

The Wood Duck is perhaps the most colorful waterfowl in the world. The male has a greenish-blue head and iridescent crest. Its belly is white, and its breast is a dark red. Along its neck, it has narrow white stripes, which are very attractive. The wings have green and black patterns.

The female Wood Duck is not as colorful as the male. It has a grayish-brown head, white belly, and spotted white breast. The male uses its colorful plumage to attract females during breeding season.

Wood Ducks live in swamps, marshes, and wooded streams throughout North America. With their unique colors and shapes, they are also one of the most recognizable birds in North America. Unlike other waterfowl, Wood Ducks nest in tree cavities and form flocks.


3. Bohemian Waxwing

Bohemian Waxwing is a medium-sized songbird with a distinct crest and black mask. They have an overall brownish-gray and their wings have white and yellow edges, making them one of the most beautiful passerine birds in the world.

Bohemian Waxwings live in northern forests throughout North America and Eurasia, primarily in Canada and Alaska. During the winter, they migrate in large flocks to the Northwestern United States. They nest on tree branches. Both male and female Bohemian Waxwings are known for their high-pitched calls. They primarily eat insects and berries.


4. Blue Jay

The Blue Jay is one of the smartest and most beautiful birds in the world. They are found throughout the forests of Eastern and Central North America. Blue Jays have beautiful blue, white, and black feathers. Their most distinctive feature is their loud call that sounds like “jay jay,” and they can also mimic the calls of other bird species.

In addition to their striking appearance, Blue Jays are also known for their intelligence. They can steal nests and eggs from other bird species. Blue Jays can also mimic the calls of hawks to deceive other birds. It is believed that even in captivity, Blue Jays can mimic human speech and the sounds of other animals.

Blue Jays are a social species that people can find living in small flocks. However, during the winter migration to the South, they form large flocks of hundreds of Blue Jays. Their migratory behavior remains a mystery to scientists. Not all Blue Jays migrate during the winter, as some species remain in their natural territories. Additionally, no Blue Jays migrate every year.


5. Atlantic Puffin

The Atlantic Puffin is a small, well-adapted seabird found along the North American coast of the United States and eastern Canada. This bird is also known as the ‘sea parrot’ due to its large, colorful, and penguin-like beak. Most of their lives are spent at sea in the Atlantic Ocean. Their waterproof feathers keep their bodies warm when swimming. They flap their wings to swim on and under the water.

The Atlantic Puffin is also a great flyer. They can reach speeds of up to 55 miles per hour by flapping their wings up to 400 times per minute. They breed during each summer and spring season on islands in the North Atlantic Ocean. They build their nests with feathers and grass in rock crevices. The female only lays one egg and it takes 45 days to hatch. After hatching, the puffling leaves the nest to find food for themselves. They bring back small fish for their chicks. Atlantic Puffins can hold anywhere from 10-30 small fish in their large beak.


6. Keel-billed Toucan

Keel-billed Toucan is one of the most spectacular-looking birds in the world. They have a huge, colorful bill that can grow up to 20 cm long, and it’s a mixture of green, red, and yellow, which is why they’re also called rainbow-billed toucans.

Despite its heavy appearance, the toucan’s bill is actually hollow and lightweight, made of a protein called keratin. They use their impressive bill to attract mates during breeding season and also as a defensive weapon. These beautiful birds live in forests throughout Central and South America, measuring up to 20 cm in length and weighing up to 4 kg. Their feathers are mostly black with a yellow throat and breast. Keel-billed toucans have poor flying abilities due to their heavy wings, so they can only move between tree branches by hopping.

Keel-billed Toucans are social birds and form small flocks of up to thirty birds. They live in natural tree hollows or nests created by woodpeckers. Their diet consists mainly of insects, lizards, and eggs.


7. Peafowl

Peafowl is the name of a male bird belonging to the peacock family. There are three types of peacock in the world – Indian, Congo, and green peafowl. The Indian peacock is the most common type of peacock found all over the world. The peacock (male) is famous for its brightly colored, iridescent tail feathers. Peacocks can grow up to 5 feet long, making it one of the largest flying birds in the world. In fact, the long tail of a peacock accounts for 60% of its total length. The colorful tail feathers of the peafowl are probably the most beautiful courtship display in the bird family.

During courtship, the peacock spreads its huge tail feathers to display intricate patterns and colorful spots. Some peacocks have longer tails and more spots than others. Peahens (female peafowl) also choose peacocks with longer tails and more spots. Depending on the angle of light reflection, the colors of peafowl tail feathers can look different.


8. Flamingo

Flamingos are perhaps the most recognizable wading birds in the world. Their stunning reddish-purple plumage alone makes them stand out among other bird species. There are 6 different species of flamingos found throughout the world, except for Antarctica.

An adult flamingo can reach a length of 4-5 feet and weigh up to 3.6 kg. They have long, thin necks and a distinct downward-curving beak. Their legs are also very long, ranging from 30 to 50 inches in size. The long legs and specialized beak allow them to catch small fish, larvae, and plankton from the mud.

 Flamingos live in large flocks that can include thousands of individuals. The striking reddish-purple of their feathers is due to the food they eat. Their diet consists mainly of brine shrimp, plankton, and blue-green algae. Flamingos also spend hours preening their feathers with oil from special glands to keep their plumage in good condition.


9. Scarlet Macaw

The Scarlet Macaw is one of the most beautiful and largest members of the macaw family. They live in wet tropical evergreen forests throughout Central and South America. They are famous for their colorful feathers. They have bright red feathers with blue-green backs. Their upper wings are yellow with green edges.

The curved and strong beak is another notable characteristic of the Scarlet Macaw. Its upper part is white and the head is black. An adult red macaw has a length of 80-90cm and can weigh up to 1.5kg. They are excellent pilots and can reach speeds of 35 miles/hour. Scarlet Macaws also live very long lives. They have a lifespan of 40-50 years. It is believed that captive Scarlet Macaws can live up to 75 years.

The Scarlet Macaw is also one of the most intelligent bird species in the world. In captivity, they can easily learn words, sounds, and tricks. It is said that a well-trained Scarlet Macaw can even distinguish colors and shapes. They are also very noisy birds, producing different types of vocalizations such as screams and squawks. Their diet mainly consists of seeds, nuts, fruits, and insects. With their strong, curved beaks, Scarlet Macaws can easily crack any type of nut.


10.  Golden Pheasant

The Golden Pheasant is famous for its colorful plumage. They have a beautiful golden-yellow crest with a touch of red. Their underparts are a bright red color, and their face and throat are also red. The sides and throat are a rusty brown color. The upper back is green, and the breast and sides are a bright reddish-orange color. The wings have a dark red-brown color, and the long tail feathers are a light brown color.

The male Golden Pheasant has more colorful plumage than the female. They have a bright red coloring on their chest and sides. The central tail feathers of the male also have prominent black spots. Unlike the male, the female has a more subdued brownish-speckled plumage.

Golden Pheasants live in dense forest and woodland areas throughout western and central China. The male Golden Pheasant is longer than the female. An adult male can reach up to 42 inches in length. Interestingly, the tail makes up 2/3 of the total body length. Golden Pheasants are not strong flyers and spend most of their time on the ground. They mainly eat berries, seeds, and insects.


11. Gouldian Finch

The Gouldian Finch also known as the Lady Gouldian Finch, Gould Finch, Rainbow Finch, and scientifically named Chloebia Gouldiae, is a species of bird endemic to Australia. They live in small flocks in hill areas and dry hot grasslands in northern Australia. Because of their vibrant and colorful plumage, the Gouldian Finch is loved by many people. However, this beautiful species is currently facing the risk of extinction due to decreasing population numbers in the wild. The Gouldian Finch was first discovered in 1844 by a British scientist named John Gould.


In summary, there are about 10,000 species of birds in the world. Each species has its own unique beauty in terms of plumage, size, vocalizations, migratory behavior, courtship rituals, and feeding habits. When it comes to discussing the most beautiful birds in the world, people have different opinions. Hopefully, this article has helped you gain more knowledge about the beautiful bird species out there.