Bird watching is a highly preferred hobby among many people around the world. It has become so popular because of the dynamic, unique, and eye-catching nature of birds, and some extraordinary birds with jaw-dropping beauty are listed here.

There are approximately around 9000 to 10000 species of birds identified so far. All these species display unique body shapes and colors, and these characteristic features play a major role in gaining the interest and attention of bird-watchers.

#1 The Malaysian Large Frogmoth

Malaysian large frogmouth and her baby

#2 The Secretary

The secretary
Image credits – Rudy Luyten

#3 The Mountain Bluebird

 

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#4 The Victoria Crowned Pigeon

Victoria Crowned Pigeon
Image credits – The Virginia Zoo

#5 The Grandala

Grandala
Image credits – adityaa_chavaan/Instagram

Feathers are what makes birds distinctive from other animals. An interesting fact is that birds are related to reptiles and their feathers actually evolved from the scales of reptiles long ago. All birds have feathers, and they are necessary for flight but not all birds can fly. So, it’s obvious that different types of feathers serve different purposes.

#6 The Nicobar Pigeon

Nicobar pigeon
Image credits – Sue Demetriou

#7 The Curly Permed Pigeon

#8 The Harpy Eagle

 

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#9 The Dracula Parrot

Dracula parrot
Image credits – Mike Peel

#10 The Beautiful Strawberry Finch

beautiful Strawberry Finch from r/pics

According to Mya Thompson, the co-director of Engagement in Science and Nature at the Cornell Lab, “Each feather on a bird’s body is a finely tuned structure that serves an important role in the bird’s activities.”

“There are flight feathers which are specialized for flying; contour feathers covering the body to protect themselves from sunlight and water; soft and fluffy down feathers to give a fluffy appearance and provide insulation by trapping air; and finally, the semi plumes which provide insulation and play a role in flight and mating.”

Thompson further added, “Often we can readily tell how a feather functions, but sometimes the role of a feather is mysterious, and we need a scientific study to fill in the picture.”

#11 The Tilhi

 

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#12 The Bearded Reedling

 

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#13 The Quetzal

The Quetzal
Image credits – Vaclav Sebek

#14 The Sword-Billed Hummingbird

Sword-billed hummingbird
Image credit – Supreet Sahoo

#15 The Golden Pheasant

 

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#16 The Mandarink Duck

Mandarink duck
Image credits – Rovdyr

#17 The Guineafowl

Guineafowl
Image credits – Francois Malan

#18 The Taiwan Blue Magpie

 

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#19 The Black-Throated Bushtit

Black-throated bushtit
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#20 Lady Amherst’s Pheasant

 

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