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Facts About 10 of the Most Beautiful Birds Around the World

Eman is a writer and engineer. She loves to write about birds, animals, and plant facts, and many other topics.


The Keel-Billed Toucan.

The Keel-Billed Toucan.

There are many appearances of beauty in our world. I will review with you 10 of the most beautiful birds around the world when we see them and learn their facts. We can say so blessed be God, the best of creators. These birds are:

  1. The Keel-Billed Toucan
  2. Wood duck
  3. Bohemian Waxwing
  4. Blue Jay
  5. Flamingos
  6. Hyacinth Macaw
  7. Peacock
  8. Mandarin Duck
  9. The Resplendent Quetzal
  10. The Golden Pheasant

1. The Keel-Billed Toucan

The keel-billed toucan (Ramphastos sulfuratus), also known as a rainbow-billed toucan, is a Latin American colored member of the toucan family. This species is found in tropical rainforests such as Guyana, Brazil, and Argentina. In nature, toucan birds feed on small fruits, bird eggs, and insects. In zoos, the birds are fed a mixture of fruit with some vitamins.

The keel-billed toucan has zygodactyl feet meaning feet with toes facing in different directions (two faces forward and two sides back). Since toucans spend a large portion of their time in trees, this helps birds survive on tree branches and jump from branch to branch.

The toucan has a body length of approximately 64 cm and weighs more than 4 kg. Males are slightly larger than females, but their color is similar. Toucans' heavy wings do not help them fly well.

The toucan's beak is large but lightweight and has a range of beautiful and bright colors such as red, yellow, blue, and orange. The body may be predominantly black interspersed with two other colors, often red and orange. The bird uses these bright colors to attract females. They may mate once a year and build nests in the hollows of trees. In the nest, the female lays from 2 to 4 eggs. After the eggs hatch, parents care for the young for about 8 weeks.

Wood Duck

Male Wood Duck.

Male Wood Duck.

2. Wood Duck

Wood Duck (Aix sponsa) is the most beautifully colored waterfowl in the world. The male bird has a purple-green head. The abdomen is white, the chest is dark red, and attractive white stripes are drawn along the neck. Their wings are patterned in blue and black colors.

Female Wood Ducks are not nicer than males. They have a gray-brown head, white abdomen, and white spotted chest. Males use their colored plumage to attract females during the mating season.

Wood Duck lives in swamps and streams in North America. Unlike most waterfowl. Wood Ducks roost and nest in trees and are comfortable flying through the woods. Its broad tail and short, broad wings make it maneuverable. When swimming, the head vibrates back and forth as does a walking pigeon. Woody ducks form small groups (under 20), away from other waterfowl. It is one of the few duck species with strong claws that can catch bark and perch on branches.

Did You Know?

Female wood ducks often lay their eggs in the cavity of another wood duck's nest and leave the offspring to be raised by another wood duck.

Bohemian Waxwing


3. Bohemian Waxwing

The Bohemian Waxwing (Bombycilla garrulus) is a medium-sized songbird. It is grayish-brown overall with fluffy peach blushing around its black visor. The wings have 2 distinctive white rectangular spots and red wax-like tips on the secondaries. The tail is tipped in yellow. The young birds are grayer overall with a marbled belly.

These birds live in boreal forests across North America and Eurasia, and most of them are in Canada and Alaska. In winter, they migrate in large flocks to the northwestern parts of the United States. They nest on tree branches. It mainly feeds on insects and berries.

Blue Jay


4. Blue Jay

The Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) is a bird that grows in the eastern half of the United States of America and Canada until the Gulf of Mexico. There are about 35 species of it. It has a loud and sharp voice, and its voice is heard in the fall and winter seasons as it moves between the treetops.

The Blue Jay is approximately 30 cm long, including the tail. The color of his chin and belly is light gray. There is a black-feathered collar on its neck and on both sides of his head. The feathers of the wings are a bright blue color, with white rings and black transverse stripes.

Most of the blue jay's food consists of nuts, seeds, and many insects. It also eats bird eggs and invertebrate animals such as spiders and worms. The female blue jay lays (3 - 6) eggs that are blue, green, or yellow with gray or brown spots. The life cycle of this bird is (4 - 6) years.

Did You Know?

Thousands of Blue Jays migrate in herds along the Great Lakes and coasts of the Atlantic Ocean. Some are present throughout the winter. Young birds may be more likely to migrate than adults, but many adults also migrate. Some jays migrate south for one year, stay north for the following winter, and then migrate south again the following year. No one has figured out why they migrate when they do.


5. Flamingo

The astonishing feathers with purple-red color make the flamingo very special among birds. There are 6 types of flamingos in the world, according to the Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS): larger flamingo, lesser flamingo, Chilean flamingo, Andean flamingo, Puna flamingo, and Caribbean flamingo. These species are found on every continent except Antarctica.

Flamingo babies are born white, with smooth plumage and a straight beak. The beak progressively curves downward as the flamingo matures. Both parents take care of the newborn flamingo, feeding it with a liquid produced by the digestive system. The little ones leave the nest after about five days to join the other small flamingos in small groups and return to the parents for food. Parents get to know their chick through her voice. After about three weeks, the young flamingos begin to forage for food on their own.

An adult flamingo bird reaches 4 to 5 feet in length and weighs up to 3.6 kg. The neck is long and slender with a distinctive, downward beak. Flamingos also have very long legs, ranging from 30 to 50 inches.

Flamingos live in large colonies containing thousands of their members. Their amazing purple-red color is due to the food they eat. Their diet consists mainly of shrimp, plankton, and blue-green algae.

Most species of flamingo are not threatened with extinction, although the Andean flamingo is listed as vulnerable, and the Chilean, Puna and Lesser flamingos are nearly threatened.

Hyacinth Macaw


6. Hyacinth Macaw

The Hyacinth Macaw (Anodorhynchus hyacinthinus) is originally from central and eastern South America, its length from its head to the end of its tail is about 100 centimeters, so it is the longest species of parrots, and it is the largest flying parrots in size, its weight ranges from 1.2 to 1.7 kilograms. However, the Kakapo parrot, which is a New Zealand parrot that does not fly, surpasses him in weight, as his weight may reach 3.5 kg.

Its feathers are completely blue, and it is darker at the top and lighter at the wings. The Hyacinth Macaw has a large, curved, black beak, and there is yellow skin on its face that is not covered with feathers. There is also this yellow skin at the ends of his beak from the left and right, and there is also a ring around his eyes.

The male Hyacinth Macaw and its female are identical on the outside. They are similar to older kids, but juveniles have shorter tails, and the yellow color on their faces is lighter.

The main food for the Hyacinth Macaw is the palm tree nuts, and this bird was created with a very strong beak that enables it to break down coconut fruits, in addition to that, it eats fruits and vegetables.

The Hyacinth Macaw has been greatly affected by hunting, trade-in birds, and the destruction of its natural habitats, which led to a decrease in the number of its members in the wild, and thus it is classified as endangered animals according to the Red List of Endangered Species prepared by the Cites.

Did You Know?

The U.S. Wild Bird Act prohibits the commercial import of any CITES-listed bird that includes most parrots that are endangered.


7. Peacock

Peacock is actually the name of a male bird from the peafowls family. There are three types of peafowls in the world: Indian, Congo, and Green Peafowls. The Indian peacock is the most common species of peacock found worldwide. The peacock is famous for the rainbow-like beauty of its tail feathers.

Peacocks can reach 5 feet in length, making them one of the largest flying birds in the world. The long tail of a peacock makes up 60% of its total length. The display of colorful tail feathers of a peacock is perhaps the most beautiful display of courtship among a family of birds.

During courtship displays, the peacock spreads its massive tail feathers to display colorful patterns. Some peacocks have a long tail and more beautiful colors. The female chooses the most beautiful peacock.

Males may collect a harem of several females, each of which will lay (3 to 5) eggs. Wild peafowls often roost in forest trees and congregate in groups called limbs.

The Indian peafowl (Pavo cristatus), also known as the blue peacock has been admired by humans and kept as pets for thousands of years. Selective breeding has formed some unusual color groups, but the wild birds themselves are bursting with lifelike colors. They can be irritable and do not mix well with other poultry birds.

Mandarine Duck

Male Mandarine Duck.

Male Mandarine Duck.

8. Mandarin Duck

Mandarin Ducks (Aix galericulata), are native to China, Japan, and Korea. Since the 18th century, large numbers of Mandarin Ducks have been hunted from the wild and imported to Europe to be kept as pet birds in private waterfowl collections, zoos, and parks. Currently, Mandarin ducks can be found in various regions of the world such as England, the USA, parts of Russia, and Africa.

The male mandarins have elaborate plumage with orange plumes on their cheeks, orange sails on their back, and pale orange sides. Females have gray heads, brown backs, and white eye stripe. They usually form small flocks.

Did You Know?

Mandarin Ducks belong to the genus Aix, along with the American wood duck (Aix sponsa). Both are hole-nesting ducks with brightly colored males, and they have claws, too.

In the wild, Mandarin Ducks breed in densely wood areas near shallow lakes, marshes, or ponds. They nest in hollows in the trees near the water, and during spring, the females lay eggs in the tree cavity after mating. After the eggs hatch, their mother flies to the ground to convince the ducklings to jump out of the nest. After all the ducklings emerge from the tree, they follow their mother to an area near the water. They feed on Insects, vegetation, snails, and seeds.

The biggest threat to Mandarin Ducks is habitat loss due to logging. Hunters also pose a threat to Mandarin Ducks as they are often unable to recognize Mandarin during flight, and as a result, many of them are shot by accident.

The Resplendent Quetzal


9. The Resplendent Quetzal

The Resplendent Quetzal (Pharomachrus mocinno) is a wonderful bird in the Trogon family. The Resplendent Quetzal can be found in high mountain forests throughout its extent in Central America, including Guatemala, Costa Rica, and Panama.

During mating season, male quetzals grow double-tailed feathers that form a stunning train up to three feet (one meter) long. Females don't have long trains, but they do share bright green, blue, and red mates' colors.

The Resplendent Quetzal pairs use their sturdy beaks to make hollow holes in tree trunks. Inside the hole, they take turns incubating 2 or 3 eggs. Young quetzals can fly at three weeks of age, but males do not begin to grow their long tail plumes for three years. Quetzal eats fruit, insects, snails, frogs, and lizards.

According to the IUCN Red List, the present status of the Resplendent Quetzal in Central America is close to threatening, and the current population trend is showing decreasing numbers. The Resplendent Quetzal is facing a dangerous population decline due to the destruction of its mountainous habitats over the past several decades.

Recently, interest has increased in creating artificial nest boxes to improve the availability of suitable nest sites. The Cloud Forest Reserve in Monteverde has already started a project to place artificial nest boxes in its mountain forest and has had success breeding pairs using artificial sites.

The Golden Pheasant

Male Golden Pheasant.

Male Golden Pheasant.

10. The Golden Pheasant

The Golden Pheasant (Chrysolophus pictus) is a bird endemic to China that spreads to the central provinces. The number has decreased mainly due to rampant hunting to use its beautiful plumage. The wild populations have been established in the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, Mexico, Colombia, Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, the Falkland Islands, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, France, Ireland, New Zealand, and Australia.

The adult male is (90–105) cm in length. Its tail is accounting for two-thirds of the total length. The bird is characterized by its golden crest and bright red body. The face, chin, throat, and sides of the neck are rusty brown. The skin of the orbital and wattles are yellow in color, and the head is light orange. The central tail feathers are black speckled with cinnamon, plus the tip of the tail is cinnamon orange. The female is not prettier than the male, but both have yellow legs and yellow bills.

The Golden Pheasant feeds on grains, leaves, and invertebrates. During the winter, flocks tend to forage near human settlements at the edge of the forest and mainly take leaves and seeds of the wheat.

Did You Know?

The Pheasant can run at speeds of (8 to 10) miles per hour and fly at (35 to 45) mph. Pheasants can swim, too.

The Female Golden Pheasant lays (8 to 12) eggs at one time and then incubates them for a period of (22-23) days.

Pheasants have a low survival rate as 35% of young birds die before reaching the age of (6 to 10) weeks. Only (2-3%) of these birds manage to survive to the age of 3 years.


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.

© 2020 Eman Abdallah Kamel


Eman Abdallah Kamel (author) from Egypt on October 31, 2020:

Thanks, Umesh Chandra, for reading the article and comment. Glad you liked the article.

Umesh Chandra Bhatt from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on October 31, 2020:

Beautiful article. Well presented.

Eman Abdallah Kamel (author) from Egypt on October 23, 2020:

Thank you very much, Sp Greaney, for reading the article and comment. I agree with you that the wood duck is very beautiful and interesting as well.

Sp Greaney from Ireland on October 23, 2020:

Great article. Some of these I had never heard of. I wish we had wood ducks near where I lived, they look so pretty.

Eman Abdallah Kamel (author) from Egypt on October 23, 2020:

Thank you very much, Mary, for reading the article and comment. Indeed Bohemian Waxwing is an interesting bird.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on October 23, 2020:

I have never seen a waxwing and would love to see one. We have blue jays around us, and they are pretty until they make their awful sounds. Then, I want them to go away.

Eman Abdallah Kamel (author) from Egypt on October 22, 2020:

Thanks, Chrish, for reading the article and your kind comment. I also love all birds especially beautiful birds. I see blue macaw is very interesting as well.

Chrish Canosa from Manila Philippines on October 22, 2020:

I love birds! So as painting them.

I appreciate that you've added

" did you know " thanks for adding new knowledge in my data memory about birds and my favorite is blue macaw but most of the time I love

all kind of birds. Thanks again

I hope you have a great day ;-)

Eman Abdallah Kamel (author) from Egypt on October 22, 2020:

Thanks, Linda, for reading the article and comment. I'm glad that you enjoyed the article. I agree with you that the toucan is a very interesting bird.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on October 21, 2020:

You have certainly included some beautiful birds in this article. I think the wood ducks are my favorite because I see them in the wild where I live. I must admit that the toucan looks beautiful, though!

Eman Abdallah Kamel (author) from Egypt on October 21, 2020:

Thanks, Ankita, for reading the article and your nice comment. Glad you liked the article.

Ankita B on October 21, 2020:

Interesting and well-structured article. I really enjoyed the photos of these amazing birds and their wonderful facts. Well written.

Eman Abdallah Kamel (author) from Egypt on October 21, 2020:

Thank you very much, Danny, for reading the article and comment. Really, Hyacinth Macaw is an interesting bird.

Danny from India on October 21, 2020:

Among all the above-listed birds, I find the Hyacinth Macaw to be the most interesting with its cropped uneven feathers and inviting looks.

Eman Abdallah Kamel (author) from Egypt on October 21, 2020:

It's my pleasure, Lorna. I am really glad that you enjoyed the article. I agree with you that the Bohemian Waxwing is a very beautiful songbird. Thanks for reading the article and comment.

Lorna Lamon on October 21, 2020:

I enjoyed this wonderful article about these beautiful birds. I had never heard of a 'Bohemian Waxwing' - such a beautiful songbird. Thank you for sharing this fascinating and well-written article Eman.

Eman Abdallah Kamel (author) from Egypt on October 21, 2020:

Thanks, Millicent Okello, for reading the article and comment. Agree with you that Peacock spreading its tail feathers gives a unique advantage.

Eman Abdallah Kamel (author) from Egypt on October 21, 2020:

Liza, I am really glad that you liked the article. Thanks for reading the article and your nice comment.

Eman Abdallah Kamel (author) from Egypt on October 21, 2020:

Thank you very much, Sannyasi Raja, for reading the article and comment.

Eman Abdallah Kamel (author) from Egypt on October 21, 2020:

Thanks, Linda, for reading the article and comment. I love all of them too.

Millicent Okello from Nairobi, Kenya on October 21, 2020:

I love the birds so much. My favourite is the peacock. I love how it spreads its beautiful feathers. A beautiful article

Liz Westwood from UK on October 20, 2020:

This is an extremely well-illustrated article. I really appreciate the way that you have presented the facts about these birds in such an interesting way.

Sannyasi Raja from Durgapur, West Bengal, India on October 20, 2020:

Beautifully explained. Nice work.

Linda Chechar from Arizona on October 20, 2020:

Eman, I enjoyed reading your world birds at your article! I love all of these beautiful birds that are everywhere!

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