The 20 Most Brilliantly Colored Birds in the World

List of some of the most attractive birds.

Birds are the only animals with feathers. All have feathers and most birds can fly. It is the possession f feathers, not the ability to fly, that distinguishes birds from other animals. There are about 10,000 species of birds from all over the world. Here are 20 of the world’s most colorful birds.

  1. Golden Pheasant (Chrysolophus pictus)

    The golden pheasant of Asia is a brilliantly colored game bird. It is native to forests in mountainous areas of western China but feral populations have been established in the United Kingdom and elsewhere.

  2. Birds of Paradise (Paradisaeidae)

    The greater bird of paradise found in New Guinea has elongated flank feathers that form ornamental plumes. Bird of Paradise is a tropical bird known for the brilliant plumage of the male. They live mostly in New Guinea and neighboring islands. The brilliantly colored feathers of the male were once widely sought as decorations for women’s hat.

  3. Hyacinth Macaw (Anodorhynchus hyacinthinus)

    Hyacinth Macaws are native to central and eastern South America. It is the largest macaw and the largest flying parrot species in the world, though the flightless Kakapo of New Zealand can outweigh it at up to 3.5kg. In terms of length it is larger than any other species of parrot. Their popularity as pets has taken a heavy toll on their population in the wild. Birds in captivity fetch a price of around $9,000-$12,000 US.  

  4. Flamingo (Phoenicopteridae)

    Flamingos are found in both the Western Hemisphere and Eastern Hemisphere. Flamingos frequently stand on one leg. The reason for this behavior is not fully known. Flamingo tongues were considered a delicacy in Ancient Rome. Also, Andean miners have killed flamingos for their fat, believed to be a cure for tuberculosis

  5. Scarlet Tanager (Piranga olivacea)

    The scarlet tanager is a medium-sized American songbird. Adult males are bright red with black wings and tail; females are yellowish on the underpants and olive on top, with olive-brown wings and tail.

  6. Northern Oriole (Icterus galbula)

    Northern oriole is formerly known as Baltimore oriole in the east and Bullock’s oriole in the west. This is a small icterid blackbird which is 18 cm long and weighs 34 g. It is one of the brightest local birds and has a voice to match its distinctive plumage.

  7. Mountain Bluebird (Sialia currucoides)

    The bluebirds are medium-sized, mostly insectivorous or omnivorous birds in the genus Sialia of the thrush family Turdidae. These are attractive birds with blue, or blue and red, plumage. Female birds are less brightly colored than males.

  8. Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)

    The northern cardinal is also known as the Redbird and the Virginia nightingale. The Northern Cardinal is a mid-sized songbird with a body length of 21-23 cm (8.3 to 9 inches). It has a distinctive crest on the head and a mask on the face which is black in the male and gray in the female.

  9. American Goldfinch (Carduelis tristis)

    The American goldfinch is also known as the Eastern Goldfinch and Wild Canary. The male displays brightly colored plumage during the breeding season to attract a mate. The courtship rituals of the American Goldfinch include aerial maneuvers and singing by males.

  10. Wood Duck (Aix sponsa)

    The Wood Duck or Carolina Duck is a medium-sized perching duck. A typical adult is about 19 inches in length with an average wingspan of 29 inches. The adult male has distinctive multi-colored iridescent plumage and red eyes. The female, less colorful, has a white eye-ring and a whitish throat.

  11. Kingfisher (Halcyonidae)

    There are about 90 species of kingfisher. All have large heads, long, sharp, pointed bills, short legs, and stubby tails. They are found throughout the world.

  12. Green Wing Macaw Parrot (Ara chloroptera)

    The superficially similar Scarlet Macaw has no eye lines and a yellow bar on each wing. Some macaw owners and experts call the Green-winged Macaw the “gentle giant”, as it is larger in size than the Scarlet Macaw and Blue-and-yellow Macaw, but have a more docile, sweet nature which often makes it a more desirable pet or companion parrot.

  13. Troupial (Icterus icterus)

    Troupial or trupial is the national bird of Venezuela. The Troupial is fairly large in size, with a long tail and a bulky bill. It has a black head and upper breast. Troupials are obligate nest pirates, meaning they make no nest of their own, and are thus required to steal or occupy a vacant nest in order to survive. Troupials are capable of violent attacks against native nesters, and once they possess these territories they defend them fiercely against intruders. They may even ingest the eggs or young hatchlings of a newly acquired nest.

  14. Blue Throated Bee-Eater (Merops viridis)

    The bee-eaters are a group of near passerine birds in the family Meropidae. They are characterized by richly colored plumage, slender bodies and usually elongated central tail feathers. It is a species of bird in the Meropidae family. It is found in Hong Kong, Taiwan, China and countries in Southeast Asia.

  15. Painted Bunting (Passerina ciris)

    The male Painted Bunting is often described as the most beautiful bird in North America. Its beautiful colors, dark blue head, green back, red rump and underparts, make it easy to identify.

  16. Keel-billed Toucans (Ramphastos sulfuratus)

    This bird is the national bird of Belize. Toucans belong to family Ramphastidae

    They are brightly marked and have large, colorful bills. It is also known as Sulfur-breasted Toucan, Rainbow-billed Toucan, and colloquially “the bill bird” (though this might refer to any toucan). It is a colorful South American bird with a large bill.

  17. Rainbow Lorikeet (Trichoglossus haematodus)

    The Rainbow Lorikeet is very colorful as its name suggests. Almost every color of the rainbow is found on the feathers of the rainbow lorikeet. Captive lorikeets have a long lifespan, often in excess of 20 years.

  18. Scarlet Macaw (Ara macao)

    The Scarlet Macaw is a large, colorful parrot. It is native to humid evergreen forests in the American tropics, from extreme eastern Mexico locally to Amazonian Peru and Brazil. It’s the national bird of Honduras.

  19. Stork-billed Kingfisher (Pelargopsis capensis)

    This is a stork-billed kingfisher from South India. Stork-billed kingfisher is a tree kingfisher which is widely but sparsely distributed in tropical south Asia from India and Sri Lanka to Indonesia.

  20. Peafowl or Peacock (Pavo)

    Peafowl, a large bird of the pheasant family, is among the most colorful of birds. Asian peacocks have long been domesticated. The males are noted for their display of brilliant plumage. To attract attention, during courtship and at other times, the male lifts the train and spreads it out in a fan that arches over the bird’s back and touches the ground on either side.                                                                                                                                                                                                   

For more colorful animals in the world see

World’s Most Attractive and Colorful Reptiles

The Worlds Most Colorful Snakes

World’s Most Brightly Colored Fishes

Top 10 Most Beautiful Caterpillars

Not All Flies Are Yucky: 10 Most Colorful Flies

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  1. valli Says...

    On July 27, 2008 at 11:41 am

    Lovely birds.


  2. EirinMc Says...

    On July 27, 2008 at 12:40 pm

    I just wanted to say birds are beautiful and colorful.


  3. PR Mace Says...

    On July 27, 2008 at 2:15 pm

    Wonderful article with brillant pictures. Thank you for your hard work.


  4. Unofre Pili Says...

    On July 27, 2008 at 3:38 pm

    Beautiful birds.


  5. Ash Says...

    On July 27, 2008 at 6:01 pm

    Wonderful birds, but the (male) resplendent quetzal would have been a good choice too.


  6. william rodriguez II Says...

    On July 27, 2008 at 7:14 pm

    Wonderful birds!


  7. Anne Lyken-Garner Says...

    On July 28, 2008 at 10:12 am

    Great pictures. Thanks for sharing this.


  8. Liane Schmidt Says...

    On July 28, 2008 at 4:51 pm

    Wonderful article!! My favorite is the King Fisher – so small, cute and just stands out with exceptional beauty and uniqueness!

    Best wishes.

    Sincerely,

    -Liane Schmidt.


  9. PNio Says...

    On July 28, 2008 at 9:18 pm

    We have painted buntings this year and they are beautiful, along with the cardinals and Mexican bluebirds.


  10. Donna Says...

    On July 30, 2008 at 11:07 am

    Just learned of the Gouldian finch in Australia. Check it out.

    http://www.physorg.com/newman/gfx/news/Gouldian_Finches.jpg


  11. nobert soloria bermosa Says...

    On July 30, 2008 at 9:25 pm

    thank you very much to all of you guys, i appreciate your support so much


  12. eddiego65 Says...

    On July 31, 2008 at 7:33 am

    Spectacularly colorful birds! Great work!


  13. quiet voice Says...

    On July 31, 2008 at 11:06 pm

    .. Hi there, another great article. These
    colors are just amazingly beautiful. Great
    job in total.


  14. IcyCucky Says...

    On August 3, 2008 at 2:07 pm

    Beautiful collections of beautiful birds, Norbert..


  15. arlanoll Says...

    On August 3, 2008 at 7:05 pm

    great article beautiful pictures! great job!


  16. Car Rental Atlanta Says...

    On August 7, 2008 at 9:04 am

    Awesome article & beautiful photographs! Thanks for sharing!

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  17. rukiiss Says...

    On August 16, 2008 at 7:06 am

    all are wonderful.. actually RAINBOW LORIKEET is unbelievable


  18. jaykay Says...

    On August 17, 2008 at 12:22 am

    These are gorgeous. Again, Nature has provided awesome beauty for us. Thanks


  19. k Says...

    On September 10, 2008 at 2:43 pm

    cool birds!!!


  20. junior Says...

    On September 20, 2008 at 11:00 pm

    OMG i see a few of these beautiful birds every day! i guess you have to stop and look huh.


  21. Chris Stonecipher Says...

    On December 19, 2008 at 9:24 pm

    Nobert,
    Thanks for sharing this wonderful peice with us. My favorite is Rainbow Lorikeet. I love its bright contrasting colors.


  22. Noa Says...

    On March 14, 2009 at 12:20 am

    I honestly think that the Impeyan pheasant is one of the most stunning birds as well.


  23. rthirumurugan123@yahoo.co.in Says...

    On March 21, 2009 at 5:26 am

    nice collections,thank u


  24. JaneGael Says...

    On March 21, 2009 at 5:08 pm

    I completely agree with you, but was surprised you didn’t mention the Lilac Breasted Roller. In the sun they are iridescent and breathtakingly stunning. http://www.pbase.com/calliedewet/lilacbreasted_rollers


  25. Juancav Says...

    On April 7, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    Colorful and cute birds,great article.


  26. Kenz Says...

    On April 12, 2009 at 11:48 pm

    Very Touching page. Those Birds are SOOooooo… Beautiful!! This shows how Beautiful our World is. I LOVE the Golden Pheasant bird, it’s Magnificent!!!


  27. Mohammed Javed Ansari Says...

    On May 16, 2009 at 2:15 am

    I’m really excited to find these startling photos of these rare birds. In fact, I’m in a fix to pick up for which one is the best – Scarlet Tanager, Scarlet Macaw, Rainbow Lorikeet, Painted Bunting, etc. etc.; all are the wonderful collection which anyone would love to see them all at one place.
    Thank you very much.


  28. IrFan Says...

    On May 25, 2009 at 4:59 am

    Great collection for colorfull Birds, thAnk U.


  29. Nadeem Says...

    On June 4, 2009 at 12:31 am

    Amazing, that’s all I can say for such beautiful birds and great pictures


  30. Jorge G. Barrios Says...

    On July 20, 2009 at 12:46 pm

    To whom may concern,
    We are a non-profit organization dedicated to conservation of fauna and flora in Veracruz, Mexico. we publish semi-annually a bulletin to let know people about our conservation efforts progress. In this issue we have an article about the Painted Bunting, a beautiful bird that for its beauty is been caught by poachers to sale illegally in Mexico and overseas. It is in the “near threatened” list in the world. We would like to have your permission to use your beautiful photo displayed in this site. Your contribution will be very much appreciated. Looking forward hearing from you in th enear future, sincerely,
    Jorge G. Barrios
    Ecotourism Coordinator
    Pronatura Veracruz A.C.


  31. nobert soloria bermosa Says...

    On July 21, 2009 at 5:19 am

    Hi George,
    That will be nice, I am very grateful for that if you’re going to utilize this article of mine for that purpose. I am granting you permission to use it. More power!

    nobert s. bermosa


  32. SSK Says...

    On July 26, 2009 at 10:48 pm

    I personally would have chosen, say, a Quetzal or a Himalayan Monal (http://i1.treknature.com/photos/4304/himalayan_monal.jpg) instead of a Northern Oriole- but still, great selection :)


  33. SSK Says...

    On July 26, 2009 at 10:49 pm

    I personally would have chosen, say, a Quetzal or a Himalayan Monal instead of a Northern Oriole- but still, great selection :)
    A picture of a Himalayan Monal:
    http://i1.treknature.com/photos/4304/himalayan_monal.jpg


  34. Website Redesign Services Says...

    On August 17, 2009 at 11:15 pm

    I like this type birds thanks a lot for sharing this post


  35. il maestro dil mondo Says...

    On August 20, 2009 at 3:57 pm

    Wheres the Quetzal??? the most beautiful bird in the world acording to the NatGeo Magazine and the October 2003 Special Edition of the Times Magazine


  36. Rufus McDufus Says...

    On September 3, 2009 at 11:41 am

    The Himalayan Monal definitely needs a place in this list. You also need an example of a Hummingbird: many are very brightly coloured- just pick one example. The cassowary is not coloured all over but may deserve a place just for the colour of his neck.


  37. Natalie Says...

    On January 1, 2010 at 4:14 pm

    I personally think you could’ve added the Scarlet Ibis. It’s a lovely little bird.


  38. emily Says...

    On January 9, 2010 at 1:31 am

    non compare to the lilac breasted roller bird of africa


  39. Nagesh Jadhav Says...

    On April 30, 2010 at 3:38 pm

    Very beautiful birds, Birds of Paradise (Paradisaeidae) is the most beautiful I don’t know why wild mandarin duck is not featured in the list..


  40. SINJITA Says...

    On May 4, 2010 at 4:29 am

    THESE BIRDS ARE A WONDERFUL PIECE OF ART.PHOTOGRAPHER HAS DONE A BRILLIANT JOB.


  41. Dhara Says...

    On May 4, 2010 at 12:17 pm

    u forgot one, “cuban tody”. It is one of the cuttest looking birds.


  42. faiza Says...

    On May 9, 2010 at 6:21 am

    i loveeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee all these bird


  43. Abdul Moakkher Says...

    On May 18, 2010 at 4:00 am

    Beauty of GOD.HE gave it to us for our beautiful nature and we should protect them.


  44. Kim Says...

    On May 27, 2010 at 5:54 pm

    What about the Western Tanager? It is more colorful than the Scarlet Tanager with it’s bright yellow and Red. Also, what about the Painted Bunting? It can be found in North America, but still has as many colors as the Rainbow Lorikeet.
    These are all very beautiful!


  45. Wildbird Says...

    On June 5, 2010 at 1:54 am

    All these beutiful birds and still theres idiots who insist their related to and evolved reptiles


  46. Spurwing Plover Says...

    On June 5, 2010 at 2:04 am

    Kim i have seen the WESTERN TANANGER and BULLOCKS ORIOLE their two very colorful birds in western north america and in CENTRAL AMERICA they have the RESPLEDENT QUETZAL the males and bright green and some red on him and his long train feathers are up to 3 feet long its the national emblem of GUATAMALA and theres even a coin named for them


  47. Web Redesign Says...

    On June 17, 2010 at 2:05 am

    Wow, these birds are so beautiful. It is very difficult to select the most beautiful one. Many thanks for sharing this resource.


  48. faizan Says...

    On June 24, 2010 at 7:45 am

    sooooooooooooo beautiful.guyz girls ko chor k en ko dakho


  49. budgieman69 Says...

    On August 25, 2010 at 12:39 am

    what majestic gifts from god for us to enjoy


  50. akbar Says...

    On August 26, 2010 at 6:59 am

    god is great


  51. alex,ajo,azar Says...

    On September 4, 2010 at 7:34 am

    it is very disgusting


  52. Micky Naffas Says...

    On September 19, 2010 at 2:22 am

    I really appreciate and thank the people who do such great
    efforts and dedicate themselves to contribute in publishing
    these marvelous and fantastic pictures,they present to the
    people valuable cultural information and cultivate arts.


  53. natural home remedies Says...

    On October 4, 2010 at 7:32 am

    Birds of paradise have long played a central part in human mythologies and captured the imagination of collectors, scientists, and naturalists. Birds of Paradise provides the first comprehensive, up-to-date, and scientifically accurate overview of the behavior, biology, ecology, biogeography, and history of the most ornate and dramatic group of birds on earth.
    http://www.wildlifeworld360.com/heavenly-bird-of-paradise.html


  54. Quazi Ahmed Hussain Says...

    On October 6, 2010 at 2:01 am

    Wonderful pictures of some exceptionally beautiful birds.

    However, I’m surprised that only one waterfowl has found its way into the list namely the Wood Duck. There are many stunningly beautiful waterfowls around like Pochard, Pintail, Mergenser, Shelducks and that mesmerizingly pretty Mandarin.

    I hope they will be given due recognition and included on future list.


  55. peter Says...

    On October 22, 2010 at 3:24 am

    God has nothing to do with those birds…he’s not able to create such beautiful creatures !


  56. Khairul Azwan Says...

    On December 5, 2010 at 9:54 pm

    Great article..
    The Kingfishers has always mesmerize me..
    Check mine too..
    http://scienceray.com/biology/a-sweet-moment-of-two-great-hornbills/
    =)


  57. Mine Akkoc Ucar Says...

    On January 1, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    Gorgeous birds,wonderful article about them and lots of thanks for sharing it.


  58. wow Says...

    On January 9, 2011 at 10:25 am

    god is truly gr8


  59. Nel Walsh Says...

    On February 13, 2011 at 3:56 am

    Help to I.D. this bird. A rather large bird..royal blue with very long tail feathers. A gold crest on top of head.


  60. Nyoman Says...

    On April 4, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    they are great. thanks for sharing these awesome pictures


  61. Fast five torrent Says...

    On May 12, 2011 at 4:35 am

    The photos of the birds are fantastic. I am fascinated by your photos.


  62. hhjj Says...

    On May 21, 2011 at 4:24 am

    cool


  63. M.H.H Says...

    On June 11, 2011 at 2:50 pm

    What I can say! Beautiful and thank you very much to rejuvenated my eyes


  64. Sarai Escobedo Says...

    On June 29, 2011 at 8:46 am

    what butiful birds


  65. sughra rehan Says...

    On July 9, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    oh its great to see such a beautiful collection of the birds. all of them are very unique and snapped very technicallt


  66. sunaina Says...

    On July 12, 2011 at 11:18 am

    soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo glorious


  67. gouldian Says...

    On July 29, 2011 at 12:15 am

    very lame selection, there are better looking birds than your picks


  68. Indian TV Serials Says...

    On October 10, 2011 at 5:39 am

    this is a very nice blog that you have done it. all the birds are very funny and much beautiful. i like it very much. your site also very good because i received many great birds picture from your site. please keep it up sir. have a very nice day.


  69. lova gyal Says...

    On October 18, 2011 at 10:14 pm

    this goes to peter u need JESUS that is all i can say and alex, ajo azar u guys r FOOLS 4 not knowing how beautiful dis is wwwwwwwooooooooooowwwwww!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! the ramphastus is also known as the killed bill toucan and its beautifl and our national bird…well all of them r a beaut and i do agree wit u the quetzal cud hav worked but the guys did a good job well done ppl!!!!!!!!!!
    by mysterious lovagyal


  70. lova gyal Says...

    On October 18, 2011 at 10:19 pm

    i havnt don gouldian i wonder if u cud plz get wa gyal an shet ur trap dis is god’s creation and beautiful i bet their ass luk betta dan u peter tank 4 sayin dat den pretty but don’t disrespect god like dat fool


  71. s m abass Says...

    On November 8, 2011 at 12:23 am

    good collection ,, information should also be given for their prices and how we can get them


  72. Scarlett Says...

    On November 14, 2011 at 9:25 pm

    my name is Scarlett. weird


  73. birdfan Says...

    On November 22, 2011 at 9:01 pm

    Were is the Lilac Breasted Roller??????


  74. Gould Says...

    On January 26, 2012 at 2:09 am

    nice list but where is the Gouldian Finch????


  75. Stoive Says...

    On February 14, 2012 at 8:35 pm

    You could replace half those birds by just looking at australia. eclectus parrot, red-winged parrot, king parrot, rosella, rainbow bee-eater, gouldian finch, blue faced parrot finch to name a few


  76. soumen Says...

    On February 22, 2012 at 3:09 am

    i m mad about birds. i love all this birds i want to buy kaktoya


  77. hosam Says...

    On February 25, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    soooooooooo sweet


  78. prajankayestha Says...

    On February 29, 2012 at 11:31 am

    love bird…..so birds are angel with wings


  79. Nokia Mobiles Specifications Says...

    On April 15, 2012 at 8:02 am

    this is a very nice list of the beautiful birds of the world that you have the make it.all the pictures of the birds is very outstanding.thanks for the sharing.


  80. AtifKamal.Com Says...

    On April 18, 2012 at 12:31 am

    Very good and information i would like to add this on my blog also…. allowed ???? :)


  81. Aziz Kakar Says...

    On April 30, 2012 at 11:20 am

    Allah’s beautiful nature is a clear indication of his existence and
    allah shows how gorgeous he himself is.


  82. Sara Says...

    On May 15, 2012 at 2:27 am

    Your wrong,gouldian finch is first!So is bee eater,and himalayan monal


  83. zion Says...

    On June 17, 2012 at 11:28 pm

    Cartacuba bird is beautiful i will say #1 ,is tiny like a humming bird but more colored.check it on google images by typing cartacuba bird


  84. ahma Says...

    On September 2, 2012 at 4:40 am

    its great site i found until now


  85. Altaf khan marwat Says...

    On October 20, 2012 at 11:09 pm

    Altaf khan marwat
    nice birds


  86. Brittany Says...

    On December 12, 2012 at 1:12 am

    God, I can’t believe how BEAUTIFUL these animals are out here. Birds, Tigers/Lions, Dogs, Kitties. What a beautiful place to be. I feel in absolute peace when I am watching these birds. Seems the every time I search birds, I see real beautiful birdies. ^^ Nice site, it helped me find what I was looking for; those colorful big macaws.


  87. Brittany Says...

    On December 12, 2012 at 1:14 am

    I love the HIGH QUALITY of pictures with Animals. Every animal is beautiful in each and owns way. Including us.


  88. ARIANNE Says...

    On December 17, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    AMAZING BIRDS GUYS


  89. Azar Aftimos Says...

    On February 7, 2013 at 5:23 pm

    Colorful and cute birds. Good article with a lot of information.


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