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The World's Most Beautiful Birds

Peacock

Peacock

Birds are some of the world's most beautiful creatures. Apart from their ability to fly (at least those who can), their colorful feathers and melodic chirping endear birds to us. There are approximately 10,000 living species of birds living around the world, including the smallest, bee hummingbird, and the largest, the ostrich. The following are some of the most interesting and beautiful birds in the world.

Peacock
The adult male of the peafowl, known for its extravagant iridescent blue-green and eye-spotted tail covert feathers which it displays as part of courtship. Peafowls originate in Africa, Burma and India. The peacock is designated as the national bird of India.

Golden Pheasant

Golden Pheasant

Golden Pheasant
Also called Chinese pheasant, the golden pheasant is a game bird native to the mountainous areas of western China. It is known for its colorful plumage, particularly the orange "cape" in males which spreads like a fan that covers all of the face except its bright yellow eye.

Quetzal

Quetzal

Quetzal
The quetzal is a brightly colored bird thriving in the mountainous, tropical forests of Central America. They eat fruits, insects, lizards, and other small creatures. Unfortunately, these striking birds are threatened in Guatemala and elsewhere.

Toucan

Toucan

Toucan
The toucan is known for its vibrant markings and large, colorful bill. native to Southern Mexico, Central America, the northern portion of South America, and the Caribbean region. They generally live in tropical and sub-tropical regions.

African Crowned Crane

African Crowned Crane

African Crowned Crane
Also called grey crowned crane, this bird can be found in marshes, cultivated lands and grassy flat lands near rivers and lakes in Uganda, Kenya, and South Africa. Its body plumage is mainly grey while its wings are predominantly white but contain feathers with a range of colors. The head has a crest of stiff golden feathers.

Atlantic Puffin

Atlantic Puffin

Atlantic Puffin
The Atlantic Puffin is a seabird native to Iceland, Norway, Greenland, Newfoundland and many North Atlantic islands, and as far south as Maine in the west and the British Isles in the east. The Atlantic puffin has a black crown and back, pale grey cheek patches and white underparts. Its broad, boldly marked red and black beak and orange legs contrast with its plumage.

Mandarin Duck

Mandarin Duck

Mandarin Duck
The Mandarin Duck is a medium-sized, East Asian perching duck, closely related to the North American wood duck. The male Mandarin Duck is known for its striking beauty.  It has a red bill, large white crescent above the eye and reddish face and "whiskers". The breast is purple with two vertical white bars, and the flanks ruddy, with two orange "sails" at the back.

Flamingo

Flamingo

Flamingo
The Flamingo is a type of wading bird known for its long legs, slender neck, huge bill and pink plumage. The coloration of flamingos comes from carotenoids in their diet of animal and plant plankton. These birds are known for standing on one leg while the other leg is tucked beneath the body.

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