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.

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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

Marshk
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6 months ago

You literally made me lol

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MeK1602
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6 months ago

Ok, now it make sense: lush eyelashes, long legs ... fancy walk. Secretary, alright!

Marlene Ricker
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6 months ago

And don't forget the pencils in her hair!

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Bobert Robertson
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6 months ago

All the Construction Birds whistle at her as she walks past

Becca Gizmo the Squirrel
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6 months ago

She's got legs, and she knows how to use them🎵

Moo Moo Futch
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6 months ago

I just said that too LMAO!! It's the first thing that popped in to my head.

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Loreto Báez
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6 months ago

My God I'll never ever be as sexy as this bird!

LittleMissLotus
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6 months ago

This bird STRUTTING

MsM
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6 months ago

"...They love to watch her strut..." ~ Bob Seger

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Erin Booth
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6 months ago

Secretary! Please, shes the boss.

just-your-average-unicorn
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6 months ago

this bird is prettier than me :(

Linda HS
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6 months ago

She has the catwalk mastered!😉

Lola
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6 months ago

Legs for days.

MsM
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6 months ago

Secretary bird taking a walk on her lunch break.

booHguy
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6 months ago

He's the snake-hunting specialist, whom he knocks out with a violent kick...

Virgil Blue
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6 months ago

Photomodel Kung Fu bird!

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Paulina
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6 months ago

Those legs are killing!... Literally. Those birds kill their prey with a vicious stomp. And no ordinary pray - snakes. 🙌

spirit wolf
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6 months ago

I'd be very disappointed if she doesn't make the cover of a glossy fashion magazine.

Sue Knerl
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6 months ago

Those are some wicked talons.

Jeremy
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6 months ago

come on this can't be real

Anne
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6 months ago

It's real.

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the redqueen
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6 months ago

Female birds say the "idealized images - like this, of bird beauty standards in nature photography, are *not* what most female birds look like, and impossible for most female birds to live up to", are flocked together today outside of National Geographic, protesting for more representation of birds of all shapes and sizes..........

Nightingale9
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6 months ago

YESSSSS THE BIRDGETTES WANT EQUAL RIGHTS AND REPRESENTATION FOR ALLLLLLL

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Kelly Mungai
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6 months ago

I need those reports in,by 5 Beatrice n reschedule all my meetings for the day!. That'll be all B****!

Asia
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6 months ago

Swanky 😎

Ginny Weasley
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6 months ago

It looks so serene and like “I’m above all this mayhem”

Cristina S.
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6 months ago (edited)

This bird totally looks like a Pixar movie character.

Dorothy Parker
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6 months ago

Wait until she removes the bobby pins.

Jo Ockerman
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6 months ago

Don't be fooled by the eyelashes, etc. ...can deliver precise and powerful kicks with a force five times its own body weight; enough to kill venomous snakes in less than the blink of an eye.

desert29rat
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6 months ago

Pedal pushers are back!

Becca Gizmo the Squirrel
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6 months ago

My grandmother would call those pants clam diggers.

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Moo Moo Futch
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6 months ago

All I can hear in my head is ZZ Top's "Legs"

Marilyn Murray
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6 months ago

Nature! Seeing the hands of jehovah in his creation .

Christina Uhlir
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6 months ago

You're hired!!!

mermaidgirl960
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6 months ago

"Quick! Everyone pretend you're working and not taking selfies before she comes!"

Fred Staff
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6 months ago

I had a secretary that looked just like this.

Mumof1
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6 months ago

And she has legs that go all the way up to here!

Elaine Mattingly
Community Member
6 months ago

And you said I'd never make it on Broadway.

Baked Panda
Community Member
6 months ago

I'm to sexy for the catwalk

Jenny Lorenz
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6 months ago

The boss hired that secretary cuz of those legs!

Michele Clarke
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6 months ago

She's Fancy!!!

Karen Mantha
Community Member
6 months ago

Big eyelashes, high heels and a strut that turns a man's head, truly a secretary of the good old days.

Celestial
Community Member
6 months ago

Strike a pose

Marshk
Community Member
6 months ago

She looks more like the boss than the secretary!!!

Andrea Anthony
Community Member
6 months ago

I remember this bird from Bedknobs and Broomsticks!

columbokateUK
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6 months ago

Those legs! Wow 🤭

*sigh*, The Yellow Teletubby
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6 months ago

well **SOMEONE** skipped leg day

Heather Boorman
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4 months ago

She only tanned one leg! 😂

Mel Young
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4 months ago

Work it girl, work it!!😏

Mehmet Kutluay
Community Member
4 months ago

the most beautiful secretary of nature.

Michelle Hartz
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5 months ago

long legs on that bird

Gerri Steinbach
Community Member
5 months ago

Take a letter

Al Reilly
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5 months ago

I Be Strutting My Stuff On The Catwalk!! Wait there are no cats there are there?

Kat Clark
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5 months ago

Secretary Bird

Patty Stier
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6 months ago

The capri leggings still in style!

Teresa Groth
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6 months ago

I should only have seen the head, because the rest of the birds body Is not pretty!

Faith Nicole
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6 months ago

Such a majestic looking bird, that as i can imagine, struts around around like hot s*it until becoming hungry from looking so glamorous all day, and decides to stomp you to death

Shannon Pincence
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6 months ago

And it looks like she's walking with her arms behind her back lol

Shannon Pincence
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6 months ago

This bird is so fancy, she made it onto the list twice.

Shannon Pincence
Community Member
6 months ago

It looks like she's walking with her arms behind her back lol

Denise Mclean
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6 months ago

Ha Ha Secretary Bird

Elizabeth Betsy Michaud
Community Member
6 months ago

Her character reminds me of Carol Burnett's "Secretary!"

Margaret Mankin
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6 months ago

Très chic!

Kari Andrews
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6 months ago

UNBOTHERED 😆

Clara Loesch
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6 months ago

looks like a rooster got mixed up with a flamingo 001-5ec427...07cfe3.jpg 001-5ec427207cfe3.jpg

BatMom
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6 months ago

legs for daaaaaaaays

Sandy McCulloch
Community Member
6 months ago

Very nice, no wonder Secretary’s got a sexy name

Elga Konietzny
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6 months ago

ohhhh,,,i love her leggings

Linda Brown
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6 months ago

Don't know what to say here

sharron lynn parsons
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6 months ago

Unusual, the name easily chosen !!!

Cici Qiu
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6 months ago

she protecc she atacc but most importantly... she got dem NECC

Cici Qiu
Community Member
6 months ago

dem legs!

Leila Corinne Duran
Community Member
6 months ago

Madame Kishka is back!

Doreen Steinhauser
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6 months ago

theses can kill people

Christine Ladyman
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6 months ago

That aloof expression! 😁💜

Sandy Kavanaugh
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6 months ago

There's that body that was missing! Hunting for snakes, I bet.

Zoe Tremain-Woodcock
Community Member
6 months ago

like i said: washimi.

Patrick Mwangi
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6 months ago

Them legs

Judy Rofe
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6 months ago

Mans shirt, Short Skirt and Heels!

Majken Mathis
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6 months ago

Hope his knees stay healthy.

Catherine Todd
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6 months ago

Had to laugh - what more can we do? ???

Sharon Nicoll
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6 months ago

Why the different leg colors?

Michael Dworkin-Robertson
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6 months ago

daa da da daaaa, da da da daaaa.....oh come on with those legs weren't y'all thinking the same thing?

miley stewert
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6 months ago

ugly

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6 months ago

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Celtic Pirate Queen
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6 months ago

Looks more like "floor manager" bird.

Robin Smith
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6 months ago

Legs for days...

Dorothy Cloud
Community Member
6 months ago

Love those legs!

Seabeast
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6 months ago

Runway model - long eyelashes and legs that go on forever.

Mary Fiore
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6 months ago

Bird with an attitude. Looks like she's on a modeling runway, with that self-assured model strut.

Jennifer Wright
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6 months ago

I can see her strutting round the office.

Melissa Gordon
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6 months ago

One & 7 are the same.

Beth Mallen
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6 months ago

Ha,ha!

Jazmin Rebel
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6 months ago

She is better than Jennifer lopez

Halee Goeppner
Community Member
6 months ago

Wow

Kimberly Shepler
Community Member
6 months ago

Bit of a sexist name. lol

katboxjanitor
Community Member
6 months ago

This is fun, those fluff-ly legs *almost* look graceful.

Linda Kirkland
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6 months ago

"...and again this year, Birdinova Failingata has done almost her entire line in monochromes...here the model is wearing black and white with orange makeup. Failingata has a weakness for the tallest, thinnest models on the runway and this year's trend toward leggings is completely on point for her."

Trina Blake
Community Member
6 months ago

I think of the ZZ Top song "...she's got legs, and she knows how to use them..."

ERIN W.
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6 months ago

She's got legs and she knows how to use them!

David Crosbie
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6 months ago

Lethal Legs (if your a snake that is).

Oskar vanZandt
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6 months ago

Was not expecting this bird to have such long legs! Wow!

Janet Meister Swinamer
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6 months ago

now that,s a bird lol

Dawn Godsey
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6 months ago

She is a beautiful one

Jill Peters
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6 months ago

Looks as if he/she have pens tucked in their feathers.

Joeshar
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6 months ago

Like a teacher walking in the class during an exam

Sheri Lattimer
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6 months ago

That bird knows how to strut!

WesMon Gerber
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6 months ago

Snake stomper !

Nandy Nam
Community Member
6 months ago

Hired !!!

Katherine Corriveau
Community Member
6 months ago

Notice secretary is on there twice? shes just that gorgeous.

Eric Chavez
Community Member
6 months ago

the problem with this bird species is, if your a male...

NQ L
Community Member
6 months ago

Jealous of the eyelashes and long legs lol

CR Harvey
Community Member
6 months ago

Chasing snakes will do that to you.

Maper Sam
Community Member
6 months ago

look at those legs...

foxymiST.elliefreak
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6 months ago

just prancing around minding it's own business

Id row
Community Member
6 months ago

This one made the #1 and #7 spot. They are glamorous though.

Bruce Gaines
Community Member
6 months ago

amazing

Linda Woods
Community Member
6 months ago

Catwalk model in leggings

Linda Woods
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6 months ago

Catwalk model in leggings😄

Winnie Morenas
Community Member
6 months ago

Oh my oh my Oh my oh my!!

Thelma Brooks
Community Member
6 months ago

These stupid names must have come from men.

Rj
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6 months ago

No.

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#7

Victoria Crowned Pigeon

Victoria Crowned Pigeon

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varwenea
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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
Community Member
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
Community Member
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
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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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