15 Most Colorful Birds in the World (with Images)

There are more than 10,000 species of birds in the world. With the evolution of time, science, and technology, we have been able to identify even more.

In addition to black and white-colored birds, there are many intricately colored.

Today, we will take a look at some of the most colorful birds in the world and what makes them so special. Let’s get started.

Greater Bird-Of-Paradise

The beautiful greater bird-of-paradise has a unique and charming color.

Greater Bird-Of-Paradise

The males of this bird usually have a shiny green face, light yellow and silver shimmery crown, and a maroon body.

Their feathers are long, the tail is yellow from the roots, and the tips of the tail feathers are white with maroon streaks.

Both genders of the bird, male and female, have yellow eyes and blue beaks.

The male greater bird-of-paradise is 17 inches long. They live in the lowlands and hill forests of Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, and the Aru Islands.

Wilson’s Bird-Of-Paradise

The Wilson’s Bird-Of-Paradise is up to 8.3 inches tall. The male is the colorful one, and it has a red and black body.

Wilson’s Bird-Of-Paradise

The head of the male bird is electric light-blue with a black pattern and no feathers on it.

There are bright yellow feathers at the back of the neck with dark blue feet.

The beautiful tail feathers are curly at the end and thin-looking.

Wilson’s bird-of-paradise is found only in Indonesia, in the lowland and hill rainforest of Waigeo and Batanta islands.

This bird is extinguishing from our planet and is in the Red List of IUCN. The primary reason for the threat to the bird species is habitat loss.

Splendid Fairy Wren

Found in the mainlands of Australia, the splendid fairy-wren prefers living in arid to semi-arid habitats.

Splendid Fairy Wren

Also known as the splendid wren, the males have an exquisitely beautiful bright blue color with purple-blue throat and dark blue wings and tail.

There are black marks on the chest and eyes of the splendid wren, and their bills are black too.

Outside of the breeding season, their wings and tail color changes to brown and blue.

The females also look pretty similar to the males in the non-breeding period. The only standout point is that their beaks are dark red-brown. The splendid wren is usually up to 5.5 inches long.

Indian Peafowl

A large bird, usually about 39 to 35 inches from beak to the tail base and including the tail, the length can reach up to 77 to 89 inches.

Indian Peafowl

The Indian peafowl is usually found in moist and dry-deciduous forest habitats. It is a South Asian native bird but has been introduced to multiple countries in the world.

The latter has been made possible thanks to access to transport the birds.

A very unique, bold, and shiny indigo head makes the male stand out from the females. The feathers are of bronze color. The tail of the Indian peafowl is a beauty, one of the most stunning among all birds.

It spreads into a giant Chinese fan shape. The tips of the long tail feather have yellow, blue, and green spots in the shape of eyes on them.

Also read: Difference Between Male and Female Peacock

Lilac-Breasted Roller

A beautiful small bird with a lilac throat and chest, the lilac-breasted roller is primarily found in the sub-Saharan Africa and the Arabian Peninsula (southern region) habitats.

Lilac-Breasted Roller

The bird has a light blue body, dark blue feathers at the base, and black marks on the tips of the wings.

Both genders of the lilac-breasted roller look similar.

Red-Bearded Bee Eater

The red-bearded bee-eater birds make and female both look the same.

Red-Bearded Bee Eater

A red throat and chest with a bright green body, paired with a light purple forehead and yellowish-orange eyes, these birds are a color burst for the eyes.

The red-bearded bee-eater is found in Malayan in Southeast Asia in condensed forest habitats. The bird, as suggested by the name, eats bees, wasps, and hornets.

Lady Gouldian Finch

The Lady Gouldian finch is found in Australia, tropical savanna woodland habitats in the northern part of the country.

Lady Gouldian Finch

They have been an endangered species since 1992, with less than 2,500 samplings available. The male and female parts of the bird both have similar physical features.

The Lady Gouldian finch is a small and multi-colored bird. Both the genders have blue, yellow, black, green, purple, and red color all over their bodies.

This bird has always been popular among people. In the early ’90s, the bird sampling was up to 13,000, and many people used to have them in captivity.


Toucan is a uniquely identifiable bird with its large beak and multi-colored body.

Keel Billed Toucan

The toucan birds can be as long as 29 inches and may weigh up to 1.5 pounds. The toucan bird has a beautiful black body with a white color throat and chest.

It has beautiful orange-colored feathers around the eyes. The habitat for the toucan bird is woodlands and savannas in central and eastern South America.

Mandarin Duck

Interestingly, the Mandarin duck is primarily found in East Asia.

mandarin duck

However, few bird species escaped from captivity and have formed a wild population in the UK and the US.

The male and female both look slightly apart from each other. The females are less colorful than the males. The males have a reddish-brown face, a red bill, and a large white arch.

The Mandarin duck has an orange color at the back, the chest and the stomach are white, and the breasts purple.

Scarlet Macaw

The Scarlet Macaw is considered to be among the large parrot species. They can get around 32 inches long and can weigh up to 2.2 pounds.

Scarlet Macaw

Their natural habitat is subtropical rainforests near rivers; hence they are found in the Amazon Basin of South America and Central America.

The eyes of the scarlet macaw are covered by white skin and have no feathers around the eye area.

The body of the scarlet macaw is usually red. They have large beautiful blue wings with a yellow band on the upper wing.

Red-necked Tanager

The red-necked tanager is usually up to 4-8 inches long and feeds on fruits and insects.

Red-necked Tanager

These are considered to be some of the most colorful birds. The red-necked tanager is found in Eastern South America in Brazil, Paraguay, and northeastern Argentina.

It has a cute red scarf look-a-like band around its neck. The crown and throat are bright blue, and the body and feathers are light green and yellowish-orange with black wings.

Although the male and female look precisely similar, the male body is more vibrant than the female.

Spangled Cotinga

The beautiful spangled cotinga bird is found in the Amazon Rainforest.

Spangled Cotinga

They like to nibble on fruits and insects.

The Spangled Cotinga is nothing less than a work of beauty. They have a turquoise body color and deep pink or dark wined color throat.

The female cotingas have dulled brown and black bodies.

Western Crowned Pigeon / Blue-Crowned Pigeon

The Western crowned pigeon, also known as the blue-crowned pigeon, is one of the most beautiful pigeons in the world.

Blue-Crowned Pigeon

They are up to 28 inches long and may weigh up to 4.6 pounds. The weight of these pigeons makes them stand out and looks like a turkey. 

The pigeon’s body is blue with an intricate lace-like fan of feathers and a beautiful deep blue mask around the eyes that makes it look pretty and fancy.

These pigeons are found in New Guinea. They live in small flocks in lowland rainforests and feed on insects, fruits, seeds, and grains.

The males and females choose their partners for life long time, and the females charm the males by dancing around them.

Later on, the male provides the females with nesting and other materials.

Common Kingfisher

The common kingfishers can be found everywhere around the globe. They are up to 6 to 7 inches long while the wings spread goes up to 9.8 inches.

Common Kingfisher

The kingfisher eats small fishes from rivers, ponds, and lakes. They have a unique way of diving in the water and prey for their food.

The kingfishers have dagger-like beaks that make hunting for food easier for them. There are around 90 species present in the world.

However, the common kingfisher is at the top of the list because of its unique colorful feature. It has teal blue feathers and bright orange underpants.

Final Thoughts

We hope that you enjoyed reading this guide on the most colorful birds in the world. If you love bird-watching, you will definitely be intrigued to see all of these colorful birds in real life.

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