10 Most Colorful Birds in the World

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By JeraldDossantos

There are many species of birds in nature. They come in many shapes and sizes. There are many birds with unique plumages that are distinctive and attractive. Many colourful birds can be seen in our everyday life, whether they are flying high up in the sky or in our gardens. Here’s a list of the most colorful birds worldwide.

1.Red-necked Tanager

The red-necked Tanager, which is mostly green, is the most colorful bird in the world. It has a blue throat and crown along with red cheeks. The black back distinguishes male species and the duller females can be identified by a darker back. This bird species is found in Eastern and Southern America. It is a member of the Thraupidaea family and can be found in Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, and Paraguay. It thrives in tropical or moist lowland forests and degraded former forests. There are currently three species of bird that can be distinguished by the throat patch or the details of their head colouration.

2.Mandarin Duck

Mandarin Duck, a native of China and Japan, is one of the most beautiful duck species on the planet. This bird is most at home in small, wooded ponds. It avoids open water and prefers to live in smaller areas. The mandarins from China are used as symbols of fidelity. They are given to the brides at the wedding date. China used to export thousands of mandrins in the past, but it was banned in 1975. It is only found in one genus, and closely resembles the North American wood duck. It has a greenish-black forehead with a purple crest at the back. The sides of the head are cream white with a chestnut patch just below the eyes. It can grow to approximately 21.0 to 24.5cm in length and can weigh between 0.63 and 0.63 kg. It was a prey species that ate seeds, acorns and small fruits, as well as insects, snails and fish.


The pheasant family includes the peacock, which is one of the most beautiful birds in the world. Peacock is a native of Asia. There are two types: Indian Peafowl (and Green Peafowl). Many people confuse the term peacock with male and female birds. However, the name peacock refers to the male peafowl. The peahen is the female. They are the largest flying bird and can reach up to 5 feet in height. They weigh between 8-13 pounds. Only males have the beautiful, colourful tails. The Peahen used the length, width, and colour of the tail to select its partners. The species’ average lifespan is 20 years in wild and captivity. White peacocks are among the most graceful birds in the world.


Flamingos are one of the most colorful and beautiful birds in the world, known for their red-purple-coloured feathers. These bird species are able to thrive in mangrove swamps, shallow lakes, and sandy islands across Africa, Asia, America, and Europe. Six species of flamingos have been identified. They can reach heights of between 3.3 and 4.6 feet, and can weigh between 3.3 to 9 pounds. The species has a wingspan of 3.3 to 5 feet. Its feather colour is due to a diet called carotenoids. This is what gives their feathers their pink and red colors. It was a prey species for shrimps, crustaceans, and algae. The average lifespan of this bird species is between 20 and 30 years.

5.Golden pheasant

The golden pheasant, also called the Chinese pheasant and rainbow pheasant, is part of the Phasianidae family. This bird is one of the most vibrant, with a yellow-golden bird crest and a hint of red at its tip. The entire face, neck, throat, chin, and sides are rusty tan. Male and female can grow to a maximum of 110 cm, while females are approximately 65 cm. It can weigh between 350 and 700g, and prey mostly on insects, grubs and seeds. It will incubate for 22-23 days, and then it will lay 8-12 eggs in mountainous habitat forests. It is an endemic species in China, but it has been introduced to the UK with a population of between 1,000 and 2,000. It is also listed as one the most beautiful birds with a long tail.

6.Keel-billed Toucan

The Keel-billed Toucan is a member of the Ramphastidae family. It has a distinctive black plumage, and a large multi-coloured bill. The toucan can reach up to 50 cm in height, has a large beak that measures approximately 20 cm, weighs 400 g, and can grow up to 50 cm. You can find the bird species in Belize, Colombia, Costa Rica and Honduras. These bird species are able to thrive in subtropical and tropical rainforests. Incubation takes 16 to 20 days, and fledging takes 8 to 10 weeks. In the wild, the avarage life span is about 20 years.

7.Blue jay

Blue jays can be as large as 9 inches and 12 inches in length and weigh between 2.5 and 3.5 ounces. Blue jays are known for their colourful feathers due to their internal structure. It is also one of the most curious birds, and they love to play with aluminium foil and bottle caps. It builds its nests in evergreen trees and shrubs up to 35 feet above the ground. It was able to form monogamous couples during the breeding period and it will stay there for the rest of its life. It can fly at speeds of 20-25 mph and its main predators include squirrels, cats, snakes and raccoons.


The kingfisher family includes the Kingfisher, which is one of the most colorful bird families. There are currently 87 species known of kingfisher. They are divided into three groups: tree kingfishers (kingfishers), water kingfishers (water kingfishers) and kingfishers (kingfishers). Although the bird species can be found all over the globe, they prefer tropical regions. It can grow to 4 to 18 inches long and weigh 0.33 to 16. ounces. The appearance of the species is almost identical. They are either blue- or green-coloured, with an orange- or reddish-coloured chest. The large head, strong body, and short legs make it a sturdy species. Their eyesight is excellent and they can spot prey above the water, which allows them to search for food. Kingfishers live between 6 and 10 years. It is also one of the most peaceful animals on the planet.

9.Wilson’s bird in paradise

Wilson’s bird-of-paradise is an exotic and small bird species found only in Indonesia’s Waigeo and Batanta Islands. Although it used to be able to survive in lowland rainforests, it is now able to live in higher elevation mountain forests. It can grow to as much as 6.3 inches in height and up to 1.8 to 22.2 ounces in weight. The male and female are the same size, but their colours are different. This phenomenon is called sexual dimorphism. The male is more brightly colored than the females, and the male has blackheads with turquoise crowns adorned with double black crosses. It is not known how long the species will live.

10.Lilac-Breasted Roller

Because of its multicolored feathers, the Lilac-Breasted roller is Kenya’s national bird. It is also listed as one the most colorful birds in all of Africa. The total colors include green, white and black as well as yellow, light blue, reddish brown, reddish-brown and lilac. These colors are used in Kenya to signify different tribes and the rich biodiversity of the region. It was a hunter of small invertebrates and arthropods. They also prey on slow-moving snakes, chameleons, and lizards. Fearless birds will swoop down and grab its prey. If it is too large to eat, they will use their wings to dismember it until it is ready to eat.