They are flying works of art—some flamboyant, others less so, but not without their own charm. Dawn heralds their many melodies, much to the delight of non-city dwellers.
These are the birds that brighten up the world and enliven the skies. Bird watchers go out of their way to find the ideal hidden spot to while away their time in careful observation. Here we save you the trouble of seeking for these birds, and present a few of these winged beauties for your appreciation.
1. The Northern Cardinal
This crimson-colored North American songbird was once a prized pet until the selling of this bird was outlawed in the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918.
2. The Rainbow Lorikeet
These colorful little beauties are commonly seen all across Australia. Rainbow lorikeets perch on trees in flocks, and their flurry of color as they all take off is most impressive.
3. The Peacock
The peacock is decidedly the more flamboyant of birds, whose trademark eye-spotted plumage is a remarkable sight.
4. The Atlantic Puffin
Atlantic puffins, or “Sea Roosters,” are sturdy little birds who are distributed across the North Atlantic Ocean, primarily Europe. They spend most of their time out at sea.
5. The Hoopoe
The Hoopoe sings a chirpy melody of “hoo hoo hoo.” It’s a pretty little bird that has a distinctive “crown,” which appears like a native American headdress.
6. The Golden Pheasant
A richly aesthetic ground-feeding bird with an unmistakable golden crest.
7. The Kingfishers
These shy, long-beaked birds are found in many parts around the world and come in a variety of species.
8. The Quetzal
Quetzals are strikingly colorful birds that like it humid. The name Quetzal can be translated from the Aztec language as “large brilliant tail feather.”
9. The Lear’s Macaw
This macaw, which is a rare all-blue parrot, is native to Brazil. Their lifespan ranges between 30–50 years.
10. The Bali Bird of Paradise
Birds of paradise! What a name, and where are they from? These birds, with highly elongated feathers, are found in rainforests in Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, and on the east coast of Australia.