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

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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".

logical fallacy
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6 months ago

You're right, looks like the occamy!

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Vanilla Rose
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6 months ago

That is one fancy pigeon

MagicalUnicorn
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6 months ago

oh my god, that crowned chic is so adorable <3

logical fallacy
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6 months ago

The shade of blue is just magnificent.

Monika Soffronow
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6 months ago

Ochiepouchi the little princeling has his own little crown

Monika Soffronow
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6 months ago

"Saving Victoria Crowned Pigeons: One of the World's Most Important Birds" : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j1rEeaV9mR4

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Raine Soo
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6 months ago

Ahhh! Look at the wee one!

Ginny Weasley
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6 months ago

I’ve seen these in Florida, they’re even more beautiful in real life

EMMA-SOFIE HALLAN -
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6 months ago

Really nice!

Phoebe
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6 months ago

I’ve seen pictures of these before they are so pretty

Nancy Simpson
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6 months ago

Amazingly amazing.

Christina Uhlir
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6 months ago

Now I understand from whom the British got their taste for elaborate hats.

Sandy McCulloch
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6 months ago

Beautiful

Elga Konietzny
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6 months ago

soooooo beautiful

Linda Brown
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6 months ago

Wow love them

sharron lynn parsons
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6 months ago

Great beauty, nice to include, a baby bird, so sweet !!!

Leila Corinne Duran
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6 months ago

Oooo! Looks like Queen Victoria's crown just got stolen

Alexander Brior
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4 months ago

I saw a ton running around at the Central Park Zoo.

Michelle Hartz
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5 months ago

beautiful

Kat Clark
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6 months ago

Victoria Crowned Pigeon

Marlene Ricker
Community Member
6 months ago

And look at the baby's little crown. So cute!

Teresa Groth
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6 months ago

Gorgeous

Faith Nicole
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6 months ago

Aww, the little baby birdie 🥰 These birds don't look like they take any sh*t, from anybody...or anything

Denise Mclean
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6 months ago

Wow ! Look at the Crown and the Baby is so Adorable !

Elizabeth Betsy Michaud
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6 months ago

Definitely a Royal, and baby is already charming. What glorious colors...

Hetal Vyas
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6 months ago

I've seen these in a bird sanctuary in KL, Malaysia really beautiful.

Elaine Mattingly
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6 months ago

Ugly in the cradle pretty at the table. Oh I hope that's true.

Lynne Stankard
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6 months ago

Even the chick has the beginnings of Mum's amazing crest - bautiful xx

Sandy Kavanaugh
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6 months ago

Evolution is a marvelous process!

Dulcinea73
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6 months ago

Beautiful duo! Too bad they’re in a zoo...

Abigail Kreiss
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6 months ago

Oh what a sweet little chick!

Majken Mathis
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6 months ago

Beautiful.

Sharon Nicoll
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6 months ago

Adorable chick!

Christina Gude
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6 months ago

Those colors....and of course the youngster evolving into that, too!

Bobbie Wilson
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6 months ago

They have one of these in our zoos rainforest and its quite tame.

Corrine Todd
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6 months ago

Awww it's baby!!

Beth Mallen
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6 months ago

The baby is as pretty as Momma !

William Donham
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6 months ago

Weird looking bird

ERIN W.
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6 months ago

I agree with you Brianna road that is one fancy-looking pigeon cute little baby too!

Dawn Godsey
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6 months ago

Wow

Humani Nephalela
Community Member
6 months ago

was crowned Victoria or was crowned by Victoria 🧐

Sher Goossen
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6 months ago

So Awesome

Dorothy Parker
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6 months ago

Hard to believe they weren't created by Alphonse Mucha.

Marek Yanchurak
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6 months ago

Pigeons very much remind me of chickens

CR Harvey
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6 months ago

Even the baby had a great!

RatWithWings
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6 months ago

THE OMEGAPIGEON

RatWithWings
Community Member
6 months ago

*worships pigeon god*

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Amy Pontious
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6 months ago

Amazing

Animal lover❤
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6 months ago

Gourgeous

Animal lover❤
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6 months ago

Gorgeous

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Bruce Gaines
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6 months ago

wow

GARRETT O'BANION
Community Member
6 months ago

It also looks like that thing from UP

glowworm2
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6 months ago

I've always loved seeing these guys at the zoo. They're so majestic looking.

Lass Gili
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6 months ago

How can ppl say there is no God

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#8

Grandala

Grandala

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R L
Community Member
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
Community Member
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
Community Member
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
Community Member
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
Community Member
6 months ago

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

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