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10 Most Beautiful Birds on Planet Earth

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Amara has spent some years of her life as a science teacher. She is a gratuate in life sciences and masters in social sciences.

Learn facts and info about some of the world's most beautiful birds!

Learn facts and info about some of the world's most beautiful birds!

Our planet Earth is full of different and beautiful species of birds. But which is the most beautiful bird in the world? Well, you decide! Here is a list of the 10 most beautiful birds on planet earth.

Names of the 10 Most Beautiful Birds

  1. Greater bird-of-paradise
  2. Resplendent quetzal
  3. Formosan magpie
  4. Himalayan monal
  5. Oriental dwarf kingfisher
  6. Scarlet macaw
  7. Golden pheasant
  8. Victoria crowned pigeon
  9. Toco toucan
  10. Nicobar pigeon
The Greater bird-of-paradise

The Greater bird-of-paradise

1- Greater Bird-of-Paradise

  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Aves
  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Paradisaeidae
  • Genus: Paradisaea
  • Species: P. apoda
  • Conservation status: Least concern
  • Binomial name: Paradisaea apoda

The greater bird of paradise is the largest species in the genus Paradusaea. The bird is mainly found in the hill forests and lowlands of southwest New Guinea, Indonesia and Aru Islands.

The size of an adult male bird of paradise measures up to 43 cm (17 in), excluding the long tail wires. The female is bigger than the male, at 48 cm (19 in).

The greater bird of paradise mainly feeds on seeds, fruits and small insects. Their females are often seen foraging along with other species of bird-of-paradise and even other bird species.

Resplendent quetzal

Resplendent quetzal

2- Resplendent Quetzal

  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Aves
  • Order: Trogoniformes
  • Family: Trogonidae
  • Genus: Pharomachrus
  • Species: P. mocinno
  • Conservation status: Near threatened
  • Binomial name: Pharomachrus mocinno

The Resplendent quetzal belongs to Trogon family. It is found from Mexico, Chiapas to western Panama. Quetzal is the national bird of Guatemala, and its image is found on the flag of the country. The country's currency, Guatemalan quetzal, is also named after it.

The size of the species is about 36 to 40 cm (14-16 in) in length, plus up to 65 cm (26 in) of tail in the males. It weighs about 210 g. This bird is a weak flier, so is often the prey of the hawk-eagle, golden eagle, owls and other hawks.

Resplendent quetzal are known as fruit eaters, although they mix their diet with wasps, ants, insects, larvae, lizards and frogs. These birds are well known for their beautiful and colorful plumage.

Formosan magpie

Formosan magpie

3- Formosan Magpie

  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Aves
  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Corvidae
  • Genus: Urocissa
  • Species: U. caerulea
  • Conservation status: Least concern
  • Binomial name: Urocissa caerulea

The Taiwan blue formosan is also known as the Formosan blue magpie, the Taiwan magpie or the long-tailed mountain family. This species is endemic to Taiwan, and belongs to the crow family.

Male and female birds share the same plumage. The head, neck and breast are black, eyes are yellow, and the bill and feet are red-colored, whereas the rest of the plumage is almost blue.

Taiwan blue magpies are not afraid of people and are often found near human settlements, in newly cultivated lands or in the mountains. They are usually found in a group of three to twelve birds.

They are scavengers and omnivores, and their diet consists of rodents, insects, snakes, eggs and chicks of other birds, carrion, plants, seeds and fruits. They also feed on food leftovers by humans.

Himalayan monal

Himalayan monal

4- Himalayan Monal

  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Aves
  • Order: Galliformes
  • Family: Phasianidae
  • Genus: Lophophorus
  • Species: L. impejanus
  • Conservation status: Least concern
  • Binomial name: Lophophorus impejanus

The Himalayan monal is a pheasant native to Himalayan shrublands and forests found in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Nepal, China, southern Tibet and Bhutan at elevations of 2100-2400 metres. The bird is also known as the Impeyan monal or Impeyan pheasant.

It is a relatively large-sized bird, measuring about 70 cm (28 in) in length. A male adult has a more striking and colorful plumage, whereas a female, like other pheasants, is more subdued in color. A male bird has a long metallic green crest, copper-colored feathers on neck and back, and a prominent white rump, which is mostly visible during bird flight.

Himalayan monals are herbivorous as well as carnivorous. They feed mostly on insects, tubers, seeds, roots and berries.

Oriental dwarf kingfisher

Oriental dwarf kingfisher

5- Oriental Dwarf Kingfisher

  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Aves
  • Order: Coraciiformes
  • Family: Alcedinidae
  • Genus: Ceyx
  • Species: C. erithaca
  • Conservation status: Least concern
  • Binomial name: Ceyx erithaca

The Oriental dwarf kingfisher is a pocket-sized bird, and is also known as black-backed kingfisher or three-toed kingfisher. It is a partial migrant bird that is endemic across Southeast Asia and Indian Subcontinent.

It is one of the smallest known kingfisher species. It measures up to 12.5-14 cm in length, including bill and tail, and is only slightly larger than a medium-sized hummingbird.

It typically inhabits lowland forests, near ponds or streams where it can feed on insects, worms, spiders, crabs, frogs, lizards and fishes. Oriental dwarf kingfisher is easily distinguishable from other birds of its family due to its red bill, lilac-rufus upperparts, yellow-orange underparts and blue-black back.

Scarlet macaw

Scarlet macaw

6- Scarlet Macaw

  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Aves
  • Order: Psittaciformes
  • Family: Psittacidae
  • Genus: Ara
  • Species: A. macao
  • Conservation status: Least concern
  • Binomial name: Ara macao

The scarlet macaw is a member of a large group of Neotropical parrots known as macaws. It is a large Central and South American parrot with mainly a red, yellow and blue plumage. This bird is native to humid evergreen forests of tropical South and Central America.

The length of an adult bird is about 81 cm (32 in), of which more than half is the pointed tail which is typical of all macaws, but the scarlet macaw has a bigger tail than the other large macaws.

These birds make very high, loud and sometimes low-pitched, throaty squawks, screams and squeaks to call for their groups even many miles away. The typical lifespan of the scarlet macaw is 40 to 50 years, but in captivity they can live up to 75 or even 90 years.

They are mostly seen eating bugs, snails and foliage, but they love to eat insects and larvae. They also add flowers and nectar to their diet as supplemental food.

Golden pheasant

Golden pheasant

7- Golden Pheasant

  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Aves
  • Order: Galliformes
  • Family: Phasianidae
  • Genus: Chrysolophus
  • Species: C. pictus
  • Conservation status: Least concern
  • Binomial name: Chrysolophus pictus

The Golden pheasant is a bird native to the forests and hilly areas of western China, but is also found in many countries like Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Mexico, Peru, Columbia, Bolivia, Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Germany, the Falkland Islands, Belgium, France, the Netherlands, Ireland, France, New Zealand and Australia.

The size of an adult male is 90-105 cm (35-41 in) in length, with its tail accounting for two-thirds of total body length. The male has a bright, colorful appearance with a golden crest and rump and bright red body.

On the other hand, female pheasant is less showy, with a duller mottled brown plumage. She is smaller than male, with a proportionately shorter tail, which is half her 60–80 cm (24–31 in) length.

They mostly feed on the ground and roost on trees at night. Their food consists of leaves, grain and insects etc. In winters, they forage nearby human settlements, taking seeds and wheat leaves.

Victoria crowned pigeon

Victoria crowned pigeon

8- Victoria Crowned Pigeon

  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Aves
  • Order: Columbiformes
  • Family: Columbidae
  • Genus: Goura
  • Species: G. victoria
  • Conservation status: Near threatened
  • Binomial name: Goura victoria

The Victoria crowned pigeon is a big, bluish-grey pigeon with an elegant plumage. This bird has red irises, maroon breasts and a blue lace-like crest. This bird is native to the New Guinea region.

The bird can easily be recognized by the unique white tips on its crest, giving the appearance of the beautiful crown on its head. They usually travel in pairs or flocks when search for food.

They are fond of eating figs, but their food typically consists of fallen fruits. Furthermore, they occasionally eat seeds and invertebrates as food supplements. In the wild, these birds are shier than the western crowned pigeon, but on occasions, can be approached quietly.

Toco toucan

Toco toucan

9- Toco Toucan

  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Aves
  • Order: Piciformes
  • Family: Ramphastidae
  • Genus: Ramphastos
  • Species: R. toco
  • Conservation status: Least concern
  • Binomial name: Ramphastos toco

The Toco toucan is the largest and most popular species of the toucan family, which is also known as the common toucan or giant toucan. This bird is an inhabitant of semi-open habitats of central and eastern South America. The Toco toucan is a common attraction in zoos.

It has a striking and beautiful plumage, with mainly black body, a white throat and chest, white upper tail-coverts, whereas red under tail-coverts. A thin layer of blue skin around the eyes gives an appearance of blue iris, which is typically seen in small groups or pairs.

The Toco toucan mostly feeds on fruits, but also frogs, insects, small reptiles, small birds and their eggs. Its long bill is used to reach things that otherwise would be unapproachable. These birds are very protective of themselves and their young ones.

Nicobar pigeon

Nicobar pigeon

10- Nicobar Pigeon

  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Aves
  • Order: Columbiformes
  • Family: Columbidae
  • Genus: Caloenas
  • Species: C. nicobarica
  • Conservation status: Near threatened
  • Binomial name: Caloenas nicobarica

The Nicobar pigeon is an inhabitant of small islands and coastal regions of Andaman, the Nicobar Islands, India, Malay Archipelago, Palau and the Solomon Islands.

It is a big size pigeon, measuring up to 40 cm (16 in) in length. It has a grey colored head, like the plumage of the upper head, which turns into striking copper and green-colored hackles. The tail is pure white and very short.

These birds roam from island to island, in the form of flocks. They spend their day in areas with better food availability, even in human-inhabited areas, whereas for sleeping they go to offshore islets where no predators are found. They are attracted to areas where grain is available. Their food primarily consists of fruits, buds and seeds.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2021 Amara

Comments

Amara (author) from Pakistan on September 04, 2021:

Aww thank you Peggy, thanks for stopping by and leaving this beautiful comment.

Blessings and love..

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on September 04, 2021:

Those are amazingly beautiful birds! Thanks for showcasing them. While I have heard of some of these beauties, many were new to me.

Amara (author) from Pakistan on September 04, 2021:

Its a great pleasure to see you here Bill. Thank you very much for such warm and nice words of appreciation.. Its an honor from such a great writer like you.

Nature is indeed amazing. Thanks for your visit.. Gratitude..

Bill De Giulio from Massachusetts on September 04, 2021:

What a great article. These birds are stunning. Isn’t nature amazingly?

Amara (author) from Pakistan on September 04, 2021:

Thank you very much Manatita for stopping by and reading my hub, and for this lovely comment.

Indeed birds are considered as symbol of purity and pure souls. Much gratitude my dear friend.

manatita44 from london on September 04, 2021:

Ah, my Sweet! I read this beautiful Hub and lost it 2 days ago! So difficult these days with the new format. Won't read it again right now but I remember you shared a couple, or at least 3 birds I really liked and of course their colours were beautiful! I think one was the Macaw and there were two more that I knew and loved.

To me, birds are a symbol of the inner soul-bird, the soul in flight ... in Freedom. Rumi says that we are isolated from the Source and perhaps your birds could help us to find the way back. Salaam, mi Habibti!

Amara (author) from Pakistan on September 03, 2021:

Thank you very much Chitra di. I am glad to know that you find it interesting and educative..

Love & respect always..

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on September 03, 2021:

Beautiful birds, all of them. Well written and educative article, with interesting information. I enjoyed reading it.

Thank you for sharing!

Amara (author) from Pakistan on September 03, 2021:

Thank you very much Nian for stopping by and leaving this lovely comment..

Love and blessings dear..!!

Nian from Pakistan on September 02, 2021:

Interesting article and the pictures are amazing and attractive.

Thanks for sharing this beautiful hub.

Many Blessings.

Amara (author) from Pakistan on September 02, 2021:

Thank you very much Sangre. I am much pleased to know that you liked this articles as well as these beautiful birds. :-)

Thanks for your visit and kind remarks..

Sp Greaney from Ireland on September 02, 2021:

It was so interesting to read this and to learn more about these birds. I wish we had birds as pretty as this where I live.

Amara (author) from Pakistan on September 02, 2021:

Thank you very much Misbah for this lovely and encouraging comment..

Much love sis.. :-)

Misbah Sheikh from The World of Poets on September 02, 2021:

Amara, All of these birds are so beautiful. I didn't know about many of them before reading your article. Thanks for creating this lovely and interesting hub.

Love and Blessings to you, dear sister

Amara (author) from Pakistan on September 02, 2021:

Aww thank you very much Srushti.. :-) Its nice to see your lovely comment..

Much love..

Amara (author) from Pakistan on September 02, 2021:

Thank you very much Bill. It means a lot.

Blessing to you..

Have a great day..

Srushti Gamit on September 02, 2021:

Thanks for sharing such an interesting article Amara!! Every bird you’ve mentioned is so pretty specially Dwarf kingfisher and Himalayan Monal are just so beautiful.

God bless you

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on September 02, 2021:

Stunning photographs! Excellent article.

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