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15 Dazzling Exotic Birds List

There are about 10,000 different species of birds. I’m not sure how many of them you could name, but these might be the most beautiful 15 birds out there. I never knew these ones existed; did you?

15. Long-Tailed Widowbird

Long-Tailed Widowbird
The South African birds were named for their almost all black coloring and extremely long tail. The males feature a tail over 16 inches long, which is more than twice their body length. Show off!

14. Splendid Fairywren

Splendid Fairywren
The males are fully blue when breeding, but look more similar to the females for the rest of the year. They turn pale brown on top and white underneath, although retain the blue on wings and tail. Cute, isn’t it?

13. Resplendent Quetzal

Resplendent Quetzal
Some people consider these the most beautiful birds in the world. I’m not sure about that, but they are the national bird of Guatemala, and name to the Guatemalan currency. That should count for something!

12. Lilac-Breasted Roller

Lilac-Breasted Roller
This bird has an impressive courtship flight: a fast, shallow dive from considerable elevation with a rolling or fast rocking motion; I’m guessing the loud raucous calls will prove efficient.

11. Curl-Crested Aracari

Curl-Crested Aracari
This bird is a member of the toucan family; it has curled up feathers on its head, kind of like ribbons on a gift. Don’t tell Santa!

10. Red-Necked Tanager

Red-Necked Tanager
There are 3 sub-species of this bird, the difference being the throat patch and the coloration of the head. They reside within the lowland tropical forests of eastern South America.

9. Wilson’s Bird-of-Paradise

Wilson's Bird-of-Paradise
This particular bird is not that difficult to spot, or remember. The curly tail feathers and unique coloring are beautiful; the turquoise crown of the male is actually a patch of bare skin; yup, it’s bald.

8. Guianan Cock-of-the-Rock

Guianan Cock-of-the-Rock
These birds feature an almost perfect semi-circle crest, formed by two rows of feathers, flattened against each other. This bird’s showing off all day, every day.

7. Livingstone’s Turaco

Livingstone's Turaco
Turacos make up the bird family Musophagidae; although their name means “banana-eaters”, they generally do not eat bananas. Whatever their diet is, it’s working out well.

6. Spangled Cotinga

Spangled Cotinga
The cotingas live in the Amazon Rainforest and are usually silent; although not really a stealthy bird, they will get noisy when alarmed by predators.

5. Malabar Pied Hornbill

Malabar Pied Hornbill
These are easily recognizable, due to the large casque . Some tribal people of central India believed that hanging a skull of the hornbill brought wealth. Someone hurry down there and ask if that’s true.

4. Red-Naped Trogon

Red-Naped Trogon
This type of trogon is found in and around Borneo, although its beauty is almost extinct due to habitat loss.

3. Turquoise-Browed Motmot

Turquoise-Browed Motmot
Motmots aren’t born with their signature racket-tipped tails. Their feathers are weakly attached, which is why they shed away easily after development. I though this only happens to men.

2. Purple Gallinule

Purple Gallinule
These birds will swim in water like a duck, although they don’t look equipped for it. They will also walk on floating plants like a chicken; all of that is possible due to their long toes.

1. Twelve-Wired Bird-of-Paradise

Twelve-Wired Bird-of-Paradise
The male of these species will do a dance and brush the female with his 12 wiry display feather in order to seduce her. That should work!

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