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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1 month 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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1 month 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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1 month 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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1 month ago

Thats some amazing camouflage

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#5

Mountain Bluebird

Mountain Bluebird

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R L
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1 month 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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1 month 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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1 month 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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1 month 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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1 month 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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1 month 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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1 month ago

This one is HUGE too!

Virgil Blue
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1 month ago

First time I saw one I thought it was a man in a suit.

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Chrissy Neibarger
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1 month ago

I always feel like I'm looking at a human in a costume when I see a harpy

Christy Smith
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1 month ago

Agree! I think he looks creepy as hell

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Soni.
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1 month ago

Imagine randomly looking up a tree and seeing this bird I would definitely get a stroke.

*sigh*, The Yellow Teletubby
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1 month ago

I love harpies, but at first I thought it was some man in a mothman-bird kind of abomination costume because of the angle, lmao

Jackie Burnham
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1 month ago

Same!!!

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Mohammad Ammar
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1 month ago

If I saw this while causally strolling through the forest , I would be terrified!

MsM
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1 month ago

A rare glimpse of a gargoyle in it's natural habitat

kate h
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1 month ago

Man in owl suit

Zelda Blue
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1 month ago

This one just creeps me out.

Sarah Ryan
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1 month ago

Resembles a stone garden statue

Randi Goldberg
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1 month ago

This birds looks like he could have been in the movie “Cats”

Sarah Brinsfield
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1 month ago

LOL!

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Sue Knerl
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1 month ago

Ummm....hello, please don't eat me.

GARRETT O'BANION
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1 month ago

Owl Man

Wendy Dyson
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1 month ago

He's wearing a white shirt and a cravat!

Duane Ceballos
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1 month ago

If I saw that in the woods, it would scare me pretty good I thinks.

SweetCrescentMoon
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1 month ago

The longer I look the more disturbed I become

AndersM
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1 month ago

That is an owlgle. Half owl half eagle.

Ginny Weasley
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1 month ago

Those ears are so funky

Roberta Harosh
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1 month ago

Very disturbing! Too human in appearance, something from a horror movie 😬

Isadora Delgado
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1 month ago

imagine waking up to that standing over your bed?

Kim Shannon
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1 month ago

I'm still convinced this is from Harry Potter

Debbie Morris
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1 month ago

Reminds me of my 4th grade teacher. She absolutely terrified me.

Dorothy Parker
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1 month ago

So eerie in its aerie.

CR Harvey
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1 month ago

Mothman!

Dinetk
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1 month ago

It hunts for monkeys Huge bird

Monika Soffronow
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1 month ago

Humans, we judge you!

Michelle Hartz
Community Member
1 week ago

love those

Nurse Bambi
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1 month ago (edited)

Wow That's one wise old owl look 👀 I mean eagle.

Al Reilly
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1 month ago (edited)

Claws can crush a Man's Skull too!!

Kat Clark
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1 month ago

Harpy Eagle

Marlene Ricker
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1 month ago

That is a face that would scare the Helll out of me if I saw it in the wild. Actually, it's scaring me a little bit in the picture!

Teresa Groth
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1 month ago

Ok!

Faith Nicole
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1 month ago

If i ever saw a harpy eagle flying over me, i truly believe that I would drop from a heart attack right then. I believe their wingspan is somewhere around 7feet! They have a human-like face which is creepy, kind of reminds me of a person in a costume

Shannon Pincence
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1 month ago

This bird is so freaking cool looking.

Denise Mclean
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1 month ago

Had to take a second look. I thought someone put on an Owls Head Hat of some sort.

Elizabeth Betsy Michaud
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1 month ago

Crossed with the Great Owl? Wow! He is Distinct!!!

Ingela Axelsson
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1 month ago

Facinating

Doreen Dufresne
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1 month ago

fantasy bird..love it

Sharon Hahn
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1 month ago

Like someone dressed in a mask in a horror film!

Lorlie Ann
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1 month ago

That face looks like it was created by Jim Henson

Sandy McCulloch
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1 month ago

Love these eagles, look so human

PeachPossum
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1 month ago

Gene Wilder?

Stephanie Gibson
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1 month ago

This looks like a Monty Python sketch.

sharron lynn parsons
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1 month ago

Not long ago, I learned of this interesting bird !!!

Barbara Williams
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1 month ago

majestic

Muriel Gillespie
Community Member
1 month ago

The avian 'Grim Reaper' 😮

Elaine Mattingly
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1 month ago

I'm ugly get over it.

Elaine Mattingly
Community Member
1 month ago

I'm ugly, get over it.

Mumof1
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1 month ago

That bird is just so bizarre, it's like something out of a horror film.

Christine Ladyman
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1 month ago

These birds are like a costume in a horror story, very creepy, but stunning!

Sandy Kavanaugh
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1 month ago

Simply magnificent.

Dulcinea73
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1 month ago

Darth Vader crossed with some Galactic Fox!

Judy Rofe
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1 month ago

Emperor Eagle!

Catherine Todd
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

Huge, Scary, and wears the quintessinal DEATH MASK. Yikes! Save us all...

Denise
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1 month ago

The owly eagle.

Sharon Nicoll
Community Member
1 month ago

Ooh! I'd hate to be a mouse on the ground looking up at that stare!

pei meow
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1 month ago

I thought that was a person!

EMMA-SOFIE HALLAN -
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1 month ago

LOL! Looks like a half owl half rabbit!

Julie Lloyd
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1 month ago

It looks as if it has the head of an owl and the rest is eagle?

Serenasun321
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1 month ago

This is the bird I think people see & think is Mothman!

Anna D
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1 month ago

Almost looks like a person in disguise.

Nancy Post
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1 month ago

Does this remind anyone of Game of Thrones? Very unique looking bird.

Nancy Post
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1 month ago

Does this remind anyone of Game of Thrones? Very unique bird.

Lass Gili
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1 month ago

Oh my oh my waiting for us to stand at attention...... Yes sir!!!

Rinpai
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1 month ago

I feel like I've met this bird in a LoZ game...

Corrine Todd
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1 month ago

That looks like a human in a owl costume

Aleena Saji
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1 month ago

I thought this was an owl until I saw the word eagle.

Beth Mallen
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1 month ago

Don’t mean to laugh but you are funny looking

Catlover5
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1 month ago

I think this is the bird that's thought to be the "Mothman"

Karen McKinley
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1 month ago

wow oh wow oh WOW!

Vivi
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1 month ago

Majestic.

Sheneia Mack
Community Member
1 month ago

This bird looks like a man dressed as a bird. 🥴

katboxjanitor
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1 month ago

These are SO impressive and fierce.

Linda Kirkland
Community Member
1 month ago

wow

ERIN W.
Community Member
1 month ago

kate h I thought the same thing when I first saw it, kind of a spooky looking creature in it?!

Rachel Borowyckyj
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1 month ago

These birds are 4.8kg when there adults. The wedge tail Eagle from my country Australia, weighs up to 120kg. Both these birds are amazing.

Fred and George Weasley
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1 month ago

their claws can be as long as a grizzly bears (up to 15cm)

Tara Scott
Community Member
1 month ago

so frickin creepy

COGoddess
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1 month ago

That is scary AF....

Martine Tiramani
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1 month ago

Moloch

Marek Yanchurak
Community Member
1 month ago

Oh, that's freaky

Amy Pontious
Community Member
1 month ago

Frikin awesome never seen one before!

foxymiST.elliefreak
Community Member
1 month ago

it's a cross between a rabbit, and a harpy eagle

Id row
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1 month ago

They are freaky, they look like a person in a bird suit.

Bruce Gaines
Community Member
1 month ago

creepy but nice

Cynthia Tanzi
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1 month ago

Looks like something out of a Stephen King novel.

Simone Melo
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1 month ago

Terrifying 😳

CrunChewy McSandybutt
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1 month ago

The Harpy Eagle looks like a toddler dressed up in Eyes Wide Shut Orgy cosplay.

Grumble O'Pug
Community Member
1 month ago

My fave. Look for video of Harpy's flying through Amazon rain forest. Amazing dexterity

Terd Fergison
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1 month ago

Is it Frank from Donnie Darko?

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#12

Pigeon With A Curly Perm

Pigeon With A Curly Perm

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Capermom
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1 month 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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1 month 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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1 month ago

He looks like a cheeky fellow

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#15

Tilhi

Tilhi

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Jonna Saari 🇫🇮
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1 month 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
1 month ago

Metal rock star bird

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#17

Quetzal

Quetzal

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1 month 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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1 month 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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1 month 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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1 month 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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1 month ago

Kind sir, I mustache you a question

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#22

Guineafowl

Guineafowl

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varwenea
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1 month 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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1 month 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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1 month 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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1 month ago

Stunning photo!

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#26

Pygmy Wren Babbler

Pygmy Wren Babbler

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Terd Fergison
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1 month 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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1 month 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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1 month 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
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1 month 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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1 month ago

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

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