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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6 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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6 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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6 months ago

What a cute fur ball.

Grumble O'Pug
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6 months ago

feather ball

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Capermom
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6 months ago

He's so fluffy...I'm gonna die..!!!

Amber Cook
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6 months ago

Right?!

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My O My
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6 months ago

Want. To. Touch.

MsM
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6 months ago

That lil' ball of floof! SQUEEEEEEEE

glowworm2
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6 months ago

This little guy is practically a cotton ball!

Monika Soffronow
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6 months ago (edited)

A snowball come to life. Is this how they spend their summers?

Animal lover❤
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6 months ago

Little floof bird

Sue Prewitt
Community Member
6 months ago

Oh, that's adorable

PokemonMaster
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6 months ago

The floof!

Sue Knerl
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6 months ago

The cutest bird I've ever seen

Raine Soo
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6 months ago

It has such a cute fluffy face!

Asia
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6 months ago

Awww! What a Cutie ❤️

*sigh*, The Yellow Teletubby
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6 months ago

I love tits, they're the cutest, softest, roundest looking balls of floof out there <3

MagicalUnicorn
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6 months ago

head tilts like doggo

Id row
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6 months ago

Looks like a cotton ball with little footies.

Marion Banks-wilkinson
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6 months ago

Flying teaspoon

Summer Woodsong
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6 months ago

why didn't they just name it cutie?

majandess
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6 months ago

This is one hell of a birb!!! OMG it's so cute!

Linda HS
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6 months ago

Well, hello there...🙃

Barbara Ray
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6 months ago

Isn't that just 'THE CUTEST FACE" !!!

Kimberley Thomas
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6 months ago

It looks like a cute snowball.

katboxjanitor
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6 months ago

That is an adorable head tilt!

ERIN W.
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6 months ago

Sweet looking little bird!

Frances Ball
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6 months ago

Gorgeous little fluffballs

mr. t-rex
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5 months ago

its... unrealistically adorable

Sybil Dale
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5 months ago

Precious

KittyComics
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5 months ago

henlo. meez wood lik sum bred UwU

Teresa Groth
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6 months ago

Absolutely adorable, cute, cute!

Elizabeth Betsy Michaud
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6 months ago

What a cutie! and such wonder-full expressions!

Ginny Weasley
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6 months ago

That’s not a bird, it’s a ball of fluff

Just Carmen
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6 months ago

A snowball with eyes! So CUTE!

Sharon Nicoll
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6 months ago

Adorable!

Grace Skerp
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6 months ago

Angel Face.

Edgar Rops
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6 months ago

Cute and fluffy bird, as opposed to an angry bird.

Liz Wycz
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6 months ago

such a sweet bird. Enchanting

Halee Goeppner
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6 months ago

So cute

Annabell H.
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6 months ago

I love them. I’m planning to get a pair tattooed on my arm so I can say “look at my tits” and show them the birbs

Dorothy Parker
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6 months ago

If this bird were a human it would be an excellent therapist.

COGoddess
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6 months ago

What they gotta name such a cute little thing a "tit"? Sigh.

glowworm2
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6 months ago

Apparently "Tit" is an old English word referring to something small.

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Iapetos
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6 months ago

I can see why they call it that way. Also, what an awesome dinosaur.

GARRETT O'BANION
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6 months ago

Why is it called the long haired tit?

Lillukka
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6 months ago

Long tailed. The tail feathers are twice as long as the body.

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Kate Ten Pas
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5 months ago

I think you mean Long Tailed Ball of Fluff

Donna Whitehill
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5 months ago

What a face!🥰

*The Star Wolf*
Community Member
5 months ago

alive cotton balls!

Faith Nicole
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6 months ago

This fluff ball needs to join my backyard full of micro birds (black capped chickadees, , sparrows titmouse, and a bunch of others) He's just so fluffy and those eyes 🥰

Denise Mclean
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6 months ago

Titmouse is a variety in every land

Caroline Driver
Community Member
6 months ago

These tiny birds are either very brave or very stupid, cos you can get pretty close to them on a feeder and see those tiny jewel eyes

Sandy McCulloch
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6 months ago

Looks like a baby seal

mermaidgirl960
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6 months ago

Floof

TahNisha Hutcherson
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6 months ago

Looks like a peep!

Linda Brown
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6 months ago

Aww so sweet looking

sharron lynn parsons
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6 months ago

Too cute for words !!!

Kathleen Jergins
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6 months ago

I only knew it as a crow tit

Cici Qiu
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6 months ago

such a cute dewqfuhkscbbkds,mdsxdewyreudhs

Mateusz Kolanek
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6 months ago

I like tits.

Dolly Abson
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6 months ago

Oh darlin.....

Carola Alix
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6 months ago

Aww, so cute

Muriel Gillespie
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6 months ago

One of m y favourite little birds. Also have nick name of ' lollipop bird' 😊

Leila Corinne Duran
Community Member
6 months ago

Don't mistake that for a snowball cause I will kill you.....

Imogen DAVIES
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6 months ago

KAWAII

Elaine Mattingly
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6 months ago

Today is my birthday I hatched!

Lynne Stankard
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6 months ago

Is it posing - should be it's beautful xx

Sandy Kavanaugh
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6 months ago

Oh, how precious!

Judy Rofe
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6 months ago

Marshmallow on stilts

Majken Mathis
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6 months ago

Pure white.

Sam Cook
Community Member
6 months ago

I guess this is perfect time to say, "I love tits."

Avery S Alberico
Community Member
6 months ago

I can imagine one flapping down, perching on my shoulder and nuzzling my face and cooing like a little snugglebug

Curious Cat
Community Member
6 months ago

ohhh kitty would love to eat him

Annabell H.
Community Member
6 months ago

And they need to be higher

Dawn Godsey
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6 months ago

Awe

Sher Goossen
Community Member
6 months ago

So cute.

Marek Yanchurak
Community Member
6 months ago

I prefer my tits without tails

CR Harvey
Community Member
6 months ago

Cotton ball

desert29rat
Community Member
6 months ago

What a beautiful little snowball of a bird!

Andrea Anthony
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6 months ago

floof!

Kelly Mungai
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6 months ago

El Diablo! Ayaa Yaai

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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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6 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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6 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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6 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
6 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
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6 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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6 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
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6 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
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6 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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6 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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6 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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6 months ago

He looks like a cheeky fellow

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#15

Tilhi

Tilhi

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Jonna Saari 🇫🇮
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6 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
6 months ago

Metal rock star bird

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#17

Quetzal

Quetzal

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logical fallacy
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6 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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6 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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6 months ago

These birds are so gorgeous.

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#20

Mandarink Duck

Mandarink Duck

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Perfumista Perfumista
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6 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
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6 months ago

Kind sir, I mustache you a question

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#22

Guineafowl

Guineafowl

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varwenea
Community Member
6 months ago

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

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#23

The Black-Throated Bushtit

The Black-Throated Bushtit

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Kesyra
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6 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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6 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
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6 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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6 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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6 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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6 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
6 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
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6 months ago

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

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