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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3 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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3 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
Community Member
3 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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3 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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3 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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3 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
3 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
3 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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3 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
3 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
3 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
Community Member
3 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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3 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
Community Member
3 months ago

He looks like a cheeky fellow

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#15

Tilhi

Tilhi

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Jonna Saari 🇫🇮
Community Member
3 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
3 months ago

Metal rock star bird

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#17

Quetzal

Quetzal

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logical fallacy
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3 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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3 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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3 months ago

These birds are so gorgeous.

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#20

Mandarink Duck

Mandarink Duck

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Perfumista Perfumista
Community Member
3 months ago

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

sharron lynn parsons
Community Member
2 months ago

If you saw one, it may have lost the mate !!!

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Sydney Preston
Community Member
3 months ago

Isn't that supposed to be Mandarin?

Beverly
Community Member
2 months ago

Yup.

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Geraldine Orman
Community Member
3 months ago

A mating pair of these visit my garden every year. I am so privileged.

María Hermida
Community Member
3 months ago

Really? That's wonderful! Where do you live? I'll move there.

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Id row
Community Member
3 months ago

They're so beautiful they don't even look real.

Kristina Thomas
Community Member
2 months ago

Agreed. I've seen them in oerson and it was literally jaw dropping gorgeous. I was amazed.

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Rj
Community Member
2 months ago

It looks like a Picasso painting!

desert29rat
Community Member
3 months ago

One of my all time favorite birds.

Charlotte
Community Member
2 months ago

Picasso created this one.

WesMon Gerber
Community Member
3 months ago

God was given a new paint set, tried out ALL the colours on this fellow.....we glad !

CR Harvey
Community Member
3 months ago

They are so beautiful, our wood ducks are related.

glowworm2
Community Member
3 months ago

Indeed. Wood ducks are also really pretty!

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EHops
Community Member
3 months ago

It doesn't look like a real bird it's so beautiful

Pam Young
Community Member
2 months ago

It's MANDARIN ....not MandarinK.

Caroline Driver
Community Member
2 months ago

Saw one on the River Nene the other day

Sandy McCulloch
Community Member
2 months ago

Elegant

sharron lynn parsons
Community Member
2 months ago

This beauty, was designed, and painted, by God !!!

Linda Brown
Community Member
2 months ago

Different but pretty

Matthew Chapman
Community Member
2 months ago

For some reason we have these going up and down the Thames the whole time. They must have escaped from somewhete

Robert Robi Z
Community Member
1 month ago

Mandarin without 'k'

Michelle Hartz
Community Member
1 month ago

beautiful

Teresa Groth
Community Member
2 months ago

I have to say this is the most beautiful duck I have ever seen!

N’Baro Atksteel X377
Community Member
2 months ago

Mandarin Duck. (No “k”)

Faith Nicole
Community Member
2 months ago

They are so beautiful.

Denise Mclean
Community Member
2 months ago

What a Beautiful Duck. I have seen these before, Absolutely Gorgeous !

Elizabeth Betsy Michaud
Community Member
2 months ago

And Kudos to the photographers of all of these magnificent birds!!!!!

Elizabeth Betsy Michaud
Community Member
2 months ago

Oh, I LOVE this bird...he is an artist's dream ~~~

Mumof1
Community Member
2 months ago

Looks like he's been painted

Sandy Kavanaugh
Community Member
2 months ago

Mandarin, no "k" in the name. They can be shown, too.

Iain Dickinson
Community Member
2 months ago

All our local parks have at least a pair of these wonderful ducks. I have many photos of them.

Grace Smith
Community Member
2 months ago

God: so what kind of duck do you want to look like Duck:... yes

Majken Mathis
Community Member
2 months ago

Beautiful bird.

Michael Dworkin-Robertson
Community Member
2 months ago

looks like a painting...

Sue Pemberton
Community Member
2 months ago

There is no K on the end. It’s a Mandarin

EMMA-SOFIE HALLAN -
Community Member
2 months ago

That's a duck?

Julie Lloyd
Community Member
2 months ago

This bird's outfit is by Picasso.

Karen Mantha
Community Member
2 months ago

Like a painting.

Avery S Alberico
Community Member
2 months ago

It looks like someone smeared paint in rich, wide strokes

Spikey Bunny
Community Member
2 months ago

My favorite duck!

Pam Eames
Community Member
2 months ago

I actually saw this duck in Central Park in New York

Beth Mallen
Community Member
2 months ago

Always one of my favs. The one in Central Park was a beauty also !

Barn Owl
Community Member
2 months ago

I have heard of this before.

Felicia Dale
Community Member
3 months ago

"Mandarin" duck.

Ivana Junas
Community Member
3 months ago

These things will absolutely swim in the moat of the Forbidden City, keep a good eye out.

Nandy Nam
Community Member
3 months ago

Yeah , that brown piece on it's wing looks like leather <3

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#21

Inca Tern

Inca Tern

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MsM
Community Member
3 months ago

Kind sir, I mustache you a question

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#22

Guineafowl

Guineafowl

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varwenea
Community Member
3 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
Community Member
3 months ago

I keep reading that as bullshit.

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#24

Crested Duck

Crested Duck

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logical fallacy
Community Member
3 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
3 months ago

Stunning photo!

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#26

Pygmy Wren Babbler

Pygmy Wren Babbler

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Terd Fergison
Community Member
3 months ago

He's all feet.

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#27

Rufous-Crested Coquette

Rufous-Crested Coquette

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DforDorothy
Community Member
3 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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3 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
3 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
3 months ago

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

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