Most bird watchers and scientists say that there are roughly 9,000 to 10,000 species of birds. One of the main ways to identify them is physical appearance and once you start looking closer, it becomes obvious that birds come in many shapes and colors. And some are absolutely drop-dead gorgeous. From those with incredible eyelashes to the ones that look like tiny cotton balls, continue scrolling and check out some of the most beautiful birds from around the world.

#1

The Secretary

The Secretary

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Daria B
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4 months ago

Maybe it's Maybelline ♡

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Understanding the differences between bird plumages is vital to everyone who want to identify them. The term refers to a bird's feathers, including the color and pattern those feathers produce.

Birds have developed intricate plumages due to various aspects, including protection from predators, via camouflage, and sending sexual signals to potential mates. Birds usually lose and replace their feathers at least once a year through molt and regrowth.

"Each feather on a bird's body is a finely tuned structure that serves an important role in the bird's activities," Mya Thompson, the co-director for Engagement in Science and Nature for the Cornell Lab, wrote. "Feathers allow birds to fly, but they also help them show off, blend in, stay warm, and keep dry."

#2

Blue Crowned Pigeon

Blue Crowned Pigeon

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varwenea
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4 months ago

What an incredible blue shade.

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"Some feathers evolved as specialized airfoil for efficient flight. Others have been shaped into extreme ornamental forms that create impressive displays but may even hinder mobility. Often we can readily tell how a feather functions, but sometimes the role of a feather is mysterious and we need a scientific study to fill in the picture," Thompson explained.

A good example of one of these mysteries are feather tufts on the heads of Great Horned Owls (Bubo virginianus) which are often mistaken for ears. These modified contour feathers are completely separate from the ear and do not help owls hear, yet scientists can't explain the function of these tufts. Some think the horns are for display, others suggest that owls use them for more complete camouflage while roosting in daylight, but no one knows for sure.

#3

Long Tailed Tit

Long Tailed Tit

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varwenea
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4 months ago

What a cute fur ball.

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#4

Malaysian Large Frogmouth And Her Baby

Malaysian Large Frogmouth And Her Baby

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Jeremy
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4 months ago

Thats some amazing camouflage

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#5

Mountain Bluebird

Mountain Bluebird

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R L
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4 months ago

Looks like the colour of a glacier.

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#6

Secretary Bird

Secretary Bird

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Emerald Joanna
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4 months ago

The definition of a thigh gap

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#7

Victoria Crowned Pigeon

Victoria Crowned Pigeon

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varwenea
Community Member
4 months ago

Beautiful. Looks like a creature from "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them".

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#8

Grandala

Grandala

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R L
Community Member
4 months ago

The blue is so vibrant

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#9

Beautiful Strawberry Finch

Beautiful Strawberry Finch

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Monika Soffronow
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4 months ago

The Strawberry Finch is pre-dipped in sugar for added sweetness.

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#10

The Nicobar Pigeon

The Nicobar Pigeon

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varwenea
Community Member
4 months ago

So iridescent and with a hip nose ring too.

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#11

The Harpy Eagle

The Harpy Eagle

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varwenea
Community Member
4 months ago

This one is HUGE too!

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#12

Pigeon With A Curly Perm

Pigeon With A Curly Perm

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Capermom
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4 months ago

Looks like someone sprinkled shaved chocolate on her..! :-)

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#13

Dracula Parrot

Dracula Parrot

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Capermom
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4 months ago

Damn...he looks like he survived a bush fire and came out stronger and meaner...

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#14

South Philippine Dwarf Kingfisher

South Philippine Dwarf Kingfisher

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MsM
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4 months ago

He looks like a cheeky fellow

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#15

Tilhi

Tilhi

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Jonna Saari 🇫🇮
Community Member
4 months ago

Tilhi in Finnish 🇫🇮💙 In English it's the Bohemian waxwing (according to Wikipedia at least). Such a beautiful bird with a lovely voice!

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#16

Bearded Reedling

Bearded Reedling

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Daria B
Community Member
4 months ago

Metal rock star bird

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#17

Quetzal

Quetzal

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logical fallacy
Community Member
4 months ago

This bird has been my favourite ever since I was little. Saw it in a NatGeo coffeetable book on exotic birds when I was about four. I named her Green (because I'm very original) and went to say hello to the illustration every day for years. Still stand by it though, the tiny beak makes it really cute.

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#18

Sword-Billed Hummingbird

Sword-Billed Hummingbird

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Nicolas Schirvel
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4 months ago

Hello. My name is Hummingo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.

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#19

Golden Pheasant

Golden Pheasant

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glowworm2
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4 months ago

These birds are so gorgeous.

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#20

Mandarink Duck

Mandarink Duck

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Perfumista Perfumista
Community Member
4 months ago

We had one in Central Park for a while, most beautiful thing I've ever seen in person

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#21

Inca Tern

Inca Tern

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MsM
Community Member
4 months ago

Kind sir, I mustache you a question

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#22

Guineafowl

Guineafowl

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varwenea
Community Member
4 months ago

He reminds me of Little Richard or Prince. Both are badass.

Marek Yanchurak
Community Member
4 months ago

Rockin the jerry curl!

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Emily
Community Member
4 months ago

Looks like my grandma

Iskandar
Community Member
4 months ago

This bird looks like it would fit right in as a feisty character in the 80s soap opera Dynasty. Anyone old enough to agree? lol

CARMEN FLORES
Community Member
4 months ago

LOL..You said it..It would give Alexis a run for her money!

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Lola
Community Member
4 months ago

I feel like addressing it as madame.

Emerald Joanna
Community Member
4 months ago

That Prince hairdo! Stunning!

Samantha Lomb
Community Member
4 months ago

Neighbors had them. They are THE STUPIDEST animal on the planet and have an earsplitting call. watched one fly into a dirty (so it wasn't transparent) barn window till it shattered the glass with its head. They also played chicken in the road with cars. Horrible horrible animals

glowworm2
Community Member
4 months ago

Sadly, I can easily believe that. There was this bit in Disney's (the original animated one) The Lion King where during the opening number "The Circle of Life" a bunch of Guinea fowl are running by to Pride Rock. Afterwards, an elephant shows up, and just at that very moment--one more Guinea fowl shows up running--just barely out of stomping range! That part always made me laugh.

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MsM
Community Member
4 months ago

Dude looks done with your shit

Sinkvenice
Community Member
4 months ago

Guinea fowl taste good too.

Sinkvenice
Community Member
4 months ago

*tastes

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R L
Community Member
4 months ago

I am sure they are direct descendants of the dodo- these birds are not bright.

Samantha Lomb
Community Member
4 months ago

Dodos weren't stupid just flightless and not scared of people. Guineas are flighted morons

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Rj
Community Member
4 months ago

What are you looking at!

mca
Community Member
4 months ago

Oh no you didint!!

Perfumista Perfumista
Community Member
4 months ago

I asked you if you liked my new hair-do, well!?!

Anne
Community Member
4 months ago

Is her name Karen..

Oksana Lue
Community Member
2 months ago

The bookkeeper bird

Oksana Lue
Community Member
2 months ago

The bookkeeper bird lol

Lisa Shelton
Community Member
3 months ago

My name is Maude but you can call me Ma'am.

Bonkers
Community Member
4 months ago

“Five points from Gryffindor!”, Professor McGonagall said with a disapproving look.

Patty Stier
Community Member
4 months ago

Just had a hair perm.

Teresa Groth
Community Member
4 months ago

OH!

Denise Mclean
Community Member
4 months ago

Only have eyes for you. Quiet ! Sally is napping on my shoulder.

Elizabeth Betsy Michaud
Community Member
4 months ago

I had a teacher in high school who's expression was too often like this!!! Brrrrrrrrrrrrr! And I knew a gossip queen who looked the same...sooo long ago.

dequanp1979
Community Member
4 months ago

LOOK LIKE A CHURCH MOTHER

jevais
Community Member
4 months ago (edited)

James's Brown double.

Lara Verne
Community Member
4 months ago

Love that 80s look.

Sandy McCulloch
Community Member
4 months ago

Teddy boy rocker

sharron lynn parsons
Community Member
4 months ago

The back feathers, look as though, stitched one by one, stunning !!!

Laurie Amsler
Community Member
4 months ago

Looks like a friend of the Secretary Bird!

Vinniegret
Community Member
4 months ago

Their sound is so charming as well

ALEXANDER JANASIAK
Community Member
4 months ago

that thing looks angry!

Elaine Mattingly
Community Member
4 months ago

They run into the road and into glass windows because they are depressed because bullies call them names like dumb and ugly. They are but we don't have to say it.

Candice Ravel
Community Member
4 months ago

I'd like to speak to the manager bird

Lynne Stankard
Community Member
4 months ago

varwenea - my first thought - it's Little Richard!! xx

Sandy Kavanaugh
Community Member
4 months ago

Crested Guinea? Where's the Vulturine?!

Grace Smith
Community Member
4 months ago

Ooooo she sassy

Majken Mathis
Community Member
4 months ago

Funny

Denise
Community Member
4 months ago

He cried "fowl" when they made fun of his guine toupe!

Kat Khatib
Community Member
4 months ago

Edna, don't you just LOVE my new perm??

Sharon Nicoll
Community Member
4 months ago

The intimidator!

Michael Dworkin-Robertson
Community Member
4 months ago

ladies and gentlemen, i present the miss Prism of birds...

Julie Lloyd
Community Member
4 months ago

I used to see these at a Bird Sanctuary, they ran around in their spotted coats and I couldn't stop laughing at the way they ran in all directions. I don't think they're horrible, just funny.

Karen Hock
Community Member
4 months ago

Marge from the Simpsons!

CARMEN FLORES
Community Member
4 months ago

Beat me to it..varwenea...wow..

Karen Mantha
Community Member
4 months ago

Little Richard.

Laura Schiller
Community Member
4 months ago

She got her hair did...

Lass Gili
Community Member
4 months ago

Aaaah one of my favorites just so dilly there mannerisms

Mary Fiore
Community Member
4 months ago

I think I've seen her at one of the Senior Centers.

Melissa Gordon
Community Member
4 months ago

The guy I'm seeing eats these. Now I know what they look like. It's just standing there and looking at me through the screen -Judging me.

Beth Mallen
Community Member
4 months ago

WOW 🤩

Barn Owl
Community Member
4 months ago

Hi.

Barn Owl
Community Member
4 months ago

My great grandma has these!

SweetCrescentMoon
Community Member
4 months ago

Hold up we had some guineafowl and the didn't look like that. Kinda jealous

katboxjanitor
Community Member
4 months ago

If the feathers were purple-isher this could be Prince

Oskar vanZandt
Community Member
4 months ago

Those eyes are a little unsettling, to say the least...

CR Harvey
Community Member
4 months ago

So ate the guinea fowl, kill Rattlers at my place

desert29rat
Community Member
4 months ago

I love his hairdo!

foxymiST.elliefreak
Community Member
4 months ago

he's angry

Bruce Gaines
Community Member
4 months ago

reminds me of grandma

Raine Soo
Community Member
4 months ago

Guineafowl with a perm.

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#23

The Black-Throated Bushtit

The Black-Throated Bushtit

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Kesyra
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4 months ago

I keep reading that as bullshit.

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#24

Crested Duck

Crested Duck

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logical fallacy
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4 months ago

They're the judges of the lake.

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#25

Taiwan Blue Magpie

Taiwan Blue Magpie

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Monika Soffronow
Community Member
4 months ago

Stunning photo!

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#26

Pygmy Wren Babbler

Pygmy Wren Babbler

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Terd Fergison
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4 months ago

He's all feet.

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#27

Rufous-Crested Coquette

Rufous-Crested Coquette

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DforDorothy
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4 months ago

It's definitely coquetting with me. 😉

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#28

Plate-Billed Mountain Toucan

Plate-Billed Mountain Toucan

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glowworm2
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4 months ago

Holy crap! Toucan Sam is real!

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#29

Cock-Of-The-Rock

Cock-Of-The-Rock

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MsM
Community Member
4 months ago

I'm exercising serious restraint regarding comments I could make on this one...

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#30

Lady Amherst's Pheasant

Lady Amherst's Pheasant

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Monika Soffronow
Community Member
4 months ago

This famous Picasso was painted as he progressed from his blue period to experimenting with cubism.

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