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

Jasmina Pavlovic
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4 months ago

Camouflage sweetness! 💘

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varwenea
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4 months ago

The little baby is so adorable!!

Clavelle
Community Member
4 months ago

I don't know which is cooler, the amazing camouflage, or how adorable that baby is!!! The mom looks to be saying, "Mess with my baby, you mess with me".😂

glowworm2
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4 months ago

That baby is so cute--it looks like a little potato!

MsM
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4 months ago

I have named him Lil'Spud

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Ceredwyn Ealanta
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4 months ago

Baby frogmouths are legitimately the cutest creatures on earth.

Andrea Anthony
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4 months ago

I love a grumpy-looking bird

Amy Pontious
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4 months ago

Grumpy birds!

Animal lover❤
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4 months ago

Aww

Phoebe
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4 months ago

The baby is so cute

Lola
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4 months ago

That little baby 👶

Sue Knerl
Community Member
4 months ago

This bird looks like leaves.

Raine Soo
Community Member
4 months ago

I see where the 'frogmouth' comes in.

Monika Soffronow
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4 months ago

Amazing collection of dried foliage that bird is hiding behind. I wonder what it looks like?

MagicalUnicorn
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4 months ago

took a second to notice little ball of fluff

GARRETT O'BANION
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4 months ago

SO CUTE AND FUNNY

Imogen DAVIES
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4 months ago

The baby looks like a snapchat filter

TUBLOVER3
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4 months ago

Looks a bit like Trump!

Oskar vanZandt
Community Member
4 months ago

Cranky momma and her floof chick... gorgeous.

Alice Laughs
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4 months ago

Ah, the lesser known grumpy-old-man bird

Bored Monkei
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4 months ago

I live in Malaysia and i haven't seen this bird before! Amazing! :O

Rachel Borowyckyj
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4 months ago

I am from Australia, they live in my country. I see them all the time outside my house.

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Bruce Gaines
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4 months ago

lovely

My O My
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4 months ago

Grumpy mommy

Monika Lachova
Community Member
4 months ago

plumage on frogmouths back kinda reminds me moth

Ingela Axelsson
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4 months ago

Look at the baby so fuzzy and sweet...

Marilyn Murray
Community Member
4 months ago

So beautiful! Imagine the future when we will be able to explore nature uninhibited.

jevais
Community Member
4 months ago (edited)

She looks like an origami. Incredible, nature is the top artist 🎨

Layla Corman
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4 months ago

That baby!! 😍😍

Christina Uhlir
Community Member
4 months ago

She's taking the motherhood seriously.

Caroline Driver
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4 months ago

When people say to kids 'you'll grow into it'

Sandy McCulloch
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4 months ago

Beautifully designed plumage

mermaidgirl960
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4 months ago

That baby is derpy and beautiful :[ I wan- NEED one.

Linda Brown
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4 months ago

Little strange looking

sharron lynn parsons
Community Member
4 months ago

The colors, the pattern, simply amazing beauty, the baby is precious !!!

Cici Qiu
Community Member
4 months ago

awwww

Nick Nickson
Community Member
4 months ago

SIMILAR TO DONAL TRUMP. =)

Ellie Ragsdale
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4 months ago

The mother looks so grumpy lol.

Mumof1
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4 months ago

Quite amazing

Elaine Mattingly
Community Member
4 months ago

"Trust me, Jump ! You CAN fly. Now do what you're told!"

Christine Ladyman
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4 months ago

Oh my. .I've never seen a baby Frogmouth. ..just so cute!

Margaret Noggy Weston
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3 months ago

She looks like she’s a metal sculpture

Michelle Hartz
Community Member
3 months ago

WOW what a camouflage

Lanre Malumi
Community Member
4 months ago

Looks exactly like withered leaves

Marlene Ricker
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4 months ago

The baby's beak seems like it doesn't belong on such a little bird.

Teresa Groth
Community Member
4 months ago

Unique

Faith Nicole
Community Member
4 months ago

That baby is just the cutest... and the mama, looks like a pile of leaves, awesome camouflage

Denise Mclean
Community Member
4 months ago

Don't forget the Baby ? See it ?

Elizabeth Betsy Michaud
Community Member
4 months ago

Baby is precious, Mama doesn't look real!!!

Nightingale9
Community Member
4 months ago (edited)

That camouflage is insane.

Lynne Stankard
Community Member
4 months ago

So........this is really a bird? Not a heap of old leaves? That baby is soooo cute, bit like baby Yoda? Keep looking and have decided - I love this bird. xx

Sandy Kavanaugh
Community Member
4 months ago

Wow, I'd never seen a baby frogmouth of any species before! This is awesome!

Dulcinea73
Community Member
4 months ago

That’s some Chanel-worthy plumage!

Patrick Mwangi
Community Member
4 months ago

Looks like a dry leaf

Majken Mathis
Community Member
4 months ago

Wow

Denise
Community Member
4 months ago

Beautiful baby!

Christina Gude
Community Member
4 months ago

What intricate patterns on the feathers...wow....

miley stewert
Community Member
4 months ago

that is ugly

Alexander Nadeau
Community Member
4 months ago

Looks like dried tobacco leaves !

Irina Rachow
Community Member
4 months ago

Family resemblance.

Lass Gili
Community Member
4 months ago

Wow what camaflage looks like brown leaves amazing and the baby gosh beautiful

Nancy Comer
Community Member
4 months ago

This is amazing. The wings look like folded paper!

Corrine Todd
Community Member
4 months ago

Ridiculously cute

Beth Mallen
Community Member
4 months ago

Good camouflage!

Phyllis DiGeorge
Community Member
4 months ago

What great pictures.

Gemma Lees
Community Member
4 months ago

The mum looks like Trump.

katboxjanitor
Community Member
4 months ago

Impressive body camouflage, and those pouty beaks.

Rachel Borowyckyj
Community Member
4 months ago

I live in Australia, I see these all the time.

Kristopher
Community Member
4 months ago

Yea

Sher Goossen
Community Member
4 months ago

Does not look like a bird.

Dorothy Parker
Community Member
4 months ago

The plumage reminds me of a beautiful kimono.

foxymiST.elliefreak
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4 months ago

the baby's cute the mother....

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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 🇫🇮
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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
Community Member
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.

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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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