According to most bird watchers and experts, there are between 9,000 and 10,000 species of birds. Physical appearance is one of the most common methods to recognize them, and as you start looking closely, you’ll see that birds come in a variety of forms and colors. And some of them are simply stunning. Continue scrolling to see some of the most gorgeous birds from across the globe, from those with amazing eyelashes to others that appear like little cotton balls.
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2. Oriental Dwarf Kingfisher (Ceyx erithaca): The Oriental Dwarf Kingfisher, also known as the Black-backed Kingfisher or Miniature Kingfisher, is the tiniest of the kingfisher species, measuring just a little bigger than a medium-sized hummingbird. It is brilliantly colored, like other kingfishers, and has a big, strong beak.
3. Red Avadavat (Amandava amandava): This species of bird is named strawberry finch (red avadapat) because its color fur resembles a strawberry fruit with a dominant red hue and white dots. This bird’s color changes throughout the mating season, especially in males. The male will generate more red with more white spots, a dark red head, and a black tail during the mating season.
3. Green Broadbill (Calyptomena viridis): This bird belongs to the Calyptomenidae family. The bird is around 17 cm long, with a black ear patch, a large gaped beak, a rounded head, a short tail, and three black bars on each wing. The beak itself is frail and nearly obscured by the crest above it. Both sexes have a lot in common. The female’s ear patch and wing coverts are duller and lack black markings. Green broadbills may be found in broadleaved evergreen forests in Borneo, Sumatra, and the Malay Peninsula, where they can be found in lowland and lower montane rainforest.
4. Grandala (Grandala coelicolor): This huge thrush, often seen in flocks above mountain passes, scrubby alpine woods, and highland meadows, is unlike any other. With jet-black wings, the adult male is a vivid, almost blinding blue. Females and immatures have brown heads and underparts with white streaks and faint white bars on the wings. The long-billed and sharp-winged profile, as well as flocking behavior, resembles starlings more than thrushes.
5. Striated Heron (Butorides striata): The Green Heron or Green-backed Heron, Butorides virescens, the Dwarf Bittern (Butorides sturmii), and the Striated Heron, Butorides striatus, are three related species. Butorides validipes, a fossil species from the Early Pleistocene of Florida, has been discovered. Both current species have a blue-black back and wings, a black crown, and small yellow legs, and are around 44 cm long. Juveniles have greenish-yellow legs and are browner above and streaked below. The underparts of the two species differ in color, with the Green Heron’s being chestnut with a white line down the front and the Striated Heron’s being white or grey.
6. Malayan Banded Pitta (Hydrornis irena): The Malayan banded pitta, Hydrornis irena, belongs to the Pittidae family of birds. The Malay Peninsu is found in Thailand. On this timid, jewel-like bird, a broad red-orange eyestripe burns like lava. The male has a deep blue underbelly and tiger-like striping on the sides of his chest. Below, the female is pale with delicate black barring. Forages silently on the forest floor in thick lowlands. Most common calls are a quiet roar and a short, descending “pr-r-r-r-r”.
7. Green Bee-eater (Merops orientalis): Among the four species of Bee-Eaters that live in Sri Lanka, this is the tiniest. As a result, it is known as the ‘Little Green Bee-eater.’ Their male and female birds have similar appearances. They were found all throughout Sub-Saharan Africa, from Senegal and Gambia to Ethiopia, the Nile valley, western Arabia, and Asia, from India to Vietnam. Bees, other flying and ground-dwelling insects are among the insects they eat. They seek their prey with their capacity to grab insects in flight. They have a tendency of pressing against the perch to remove stings and shatter the exoskeleton of their prey.
8. Black-backed Puffback (Dryoscopus cubla): A tiny black-and-white shrike with a blazing red eye that prefers the canopy. Males can raise fluffy white feathers on their rump to resemble a puffball when they are aroused. Males are more clean-cut, while females are duller and more cream-and-gray in coloring. Singles and couples commonly join mixed-species flocks hunting for insects in dense broadleaf woodland and riverine, lowland, and montane forest canopies. Black-backed Puffbacks are easily identified by their distinctive song, which consists of a loud click followed by a whistled wheeeoo, which is repeated several times.
9. Female Crested Treeswift (Hemiprocne coronata):: A swift-like medium-sized bird with lengthy tail-streamers. While perching, mainly on trees, the adult has a dark greenish-blue crest visible. The male has a rufous face and uniform pale gray upperparts, black lores with a faint white border above, and a rufous face. The belly is whitish, while the underwing feathers, breast, and flanks are pale gray. The female has a black mask that replaces the rufous coloring of the male. The species prefers moderately forested areas and avoids wide plains and damp woods.
10. Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata): This is a bright and chatty bird that frequents North American feeders. “Crested blue chattering bird” is an accurate translation of the species name. Blue jay males and females share similar coloring. The blue jay’s eyes, legs, and beak are all black. The bird has a blue crest, back, wings, and tail with a white face. A black feather U-shaped collar wraps around the neck and across the sides of the head. Black, light blue, and white banded wing and tail feathers. Blue jay feathers, like those of peacocks, are actually brown but look blue due to light interference caused by the feather structure. The blue hue of the feather vanishes as it is crushed.