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Most Beautiful Birds from Western North America


Birds are some of the most interesting species in the world. Did you know that birds actually evolve from a group of dinosaurs?

Elegant Trogon

This beautiful bird is only seen in parts of Arizona in the wooded areas. If you spot this bird, consider yourself lucky. The Elegant Trogon is incredibly rare, usually nesting in tree cavities. This beautiful medium size bird eats insects and fruits. True to many bird species, the Elegant Trogon exhibits sexual dimorphism. The male has a green and orange-red coat while the female has a gray and orange-red coat.


Brown Pelican

This large seabird is easily recognizable, especially during the adult breeding season. Slightly smaller than the American White Pelican. The Brown Pelican has silver gray brown coat with yellow, red, and white around the head area during the breeding season. This bird is common along coasts. In fact, when you go the beach in Southern California, there is a good chance of seeing one in person. They have gotten used to people feeding them and not afraid to look at you for food! How adorable! But be sure not to feed them frozen fish, they can choke on rock hard fish. Feed these giant seabirds some fresh fish and they will love you!

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

Do you like woodpeckers? They are known as "tree doctors". The sound of a woodpecker working on a tree is definitely music to the ears of all bird-watching enthusiasts. The Yellow-bellied Sapsucker is a gorgeous bird with red, yellow, white, and black colors for its plumage. This iconic looking woodpecker is easily recognized by its looks. However, they are uncommon. So, if you see one, consider yourself lucky!


Greater Flamingo

The Greater Flamingo is a highly recognized large bird by most Americans. Very closely associated with Florida, remember its appearance in the movie, The Big Year? Not really a bird endemic to the western North America, I just can't help but include it on this list. This gorgeous large bird has bright pink plumage as adults. Found on mudflats, its long legs allow for foraging in shallow waters. This bird is so widely recognized in the world; it often appears on all lists of the most beautiful birds in the world.


Canada Goose

This is a very common waterfowl throughout North America. You can expect to see this big bird at your local park. However, don't be fooled by the cute appearance. This large bird is fierce and will let you know when you crossed the boundary. However, you may be surprised to find out that this is actually a gentle giant. The only time that it is aggressive is during its nesting season. So, be sure not to bother them in the spring!


Scissor-tailed Flycatcher

This is another beautiful bird that is known specifically for their gorgeous tail; the tail look like a pair of scissors! This bird is also the state bird of Oklahoma. With its very long tail, you can easily find this bird on the roadside within its range. With its cuteness and a diet of harmful insects, it is not hard to see why people love this bird.


Allen's Hummingbird

No list of the most beautiful North American bird is complete without at least one hummingbird on the list. The Allen's Hummingbird is a brightly colored small bird that endemic to costal chaparral and low riparian woods. You can often spot these little birds in Southern California. With bright green, orange, white, and brown plumage, these birds add lots of beautiful colors to our gardens when they pay us a visit!


Vermilion Flycatcher

Like its name, the Vermilion Flycatcher is a little bird with bright red and dark gray plumage. However, only the male bird has this bright red plumage. With stunning colors, the male is sure to attract the attention of all female Vermilion Flycatchers. These little guys love to look for and eat insects. Found primarily in the southern United States, this is an uncommon bird to see.


Purple Finch

This small and gorgeous songbird is uncommon in wooded areas. Adult males sport dark pink reddish plumage that makes them very attractive for the females. On the contrary, female purple finches are brown gray in color. These small birds like to sing and its song is a rapid mumbled warble. As a side note, if you are a bird loving person, you can support the Audubon society through monetary donations. This non profit organization aims to protect birds and the environment through conservation. They are also an organization well known for the love of bird-watching. If you want to get into the observation of birds, be sure to check out their expert guidelines on which bird you can find in your area.

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