The Magic of Color: 10 Birds with Most Vivid Plumage

An easy and simply magical way to make your day brighter is to add some crazy colors. And a good thing, you don’t have to invent any new combinations, as the nature has already thought about it, creating birds. Enjoy ten most vivid birds in the world and pick your favorite!

1. Painted Bunting

Seems like this little bird flew into the rainbow and adopted all the colors, or some mad artist decided to try on his entire palette. Painted bunting once was domesticated and kept as a pet, but lately it became endangered, so now you can find one only in wilderness of nature.

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2. Quetzal

The name of this bird came from the language of ancient Aztec and it literary means “large brilliant tail feather”. The tail of the birds is really flamboyant, actually, as the whole bird. No wonder that the quetzal image is popular for tattoos. It is also pictured at Guatemalan flag.

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3. Keel-billed Toucan

An inhabitant of South America, keel-billed toucan has a really impressive beak. It is not only disproportionately big, but also colorful. It’s OK to be a classy black bird, if you have a beak like this! Trendy in the rainforests.

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4. Mandarin Duck

This bird might be the favorite one of Picasso and other cubism painters. Looks like it is made of different lines and shapes. While the male birds are multicolored, the females are simply grey. Despite this, mandarin ducks create very strong lifelong couples, and this peculiarity inspired Chinese people to make them a symbol of affection and ever-lasting love.

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5. Golden Pheasant

More color is coming! Golden pheasant is a small and shy inhabitant of Asia. In XIX century it was trendy for European aristocracy to have this bird in the gardens of their country houses.

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6. Peacock

Another old-fashion resident of country houses, a peacock, is famous for its beautiful fan-tail. Obviously, this beauty is necessary only for boys, because female birds know other ways to attract a partner.

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7. Purple rested Turaco

The total of eighteen species of this noisy turaco birds exist in the world. You can find blue, green or purple, like this one. Seems like somebody used a felt pen and applied artificial colors to create a crazy African plumage.

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8. Gouldian Finch

This Australian bird is also known as a Rainbow Finch. The one in the photo has a red mask, though black and orange colors are also very popular among the finches. Lately they became endangered and protected by the law.

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9. Kingfisher

As you can see from the name and the photo, this bird is a really amazing fisher. By the way, Polynesian people used to believe that this little bird had a control over the waves of the sea.

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10. Greater Bird-of-Paradise

The last but not the least place in this chart takes the greater bird-of-paradise. This magnificent creature really looks completely out of this world. And in Indonesia it is loved so much, so the bird is pictured on the Indonesian rupiah.

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