5 Most Colorful Birds in the World

1. Nicobar Pigeon

Nicobar pigeons are near threatened because they are hunted for food and their gizzards for jewelry. Some are sold as a Pet even though it’s illegal. This bird lived in Andaman and Nicobar islands, India, Malay Archipelago, the Solomons, and Palau. This bird has a close relationship with the extinct Dodo.  Credit: Photo by Instagram @joevalentiphotography 

2. Quetzal

They are found in a forest in humid highlands, some found in Mexico and the Southern United States. They are not considered threatened in the wild and you can find them locally common. The name quetzal has a meaning of large brilliant tail feathers. The name resembles the large body of Quetzal which is 32 cm long and it’s beautiful long tail. This bird is a national bird of Southern Mexico and Central America, and also the name currency of Guatemala.  Credit: Photo by Instagram @rainforest_photo_tours

3. Wilson bird of paradise

This bird is an Indonesian endemic and you can find it in the hill and forest of water island and Batanta Island in West Papua, Indonesia. This bird was found by Charles Lucien Bonaparte, Napoleon’s nephew and a zoologist. This bird is an endangered species as people captured this bird for an international trade. This rainbow colored bird will seduce the female partner by dancing. They will clean their small area in the forest from leaves and stone to create a clean stage for their dancing performance.  Credit: Photo by Instagram @martin_demmel 

4. Lilac Breasted Roller

Lilac Breasted Roller lives in open woodland and Savanna in sub-Saharan Africa and Southern Arabian Peninsula. This bird likes to build their nest in dead baobab, coconut or casuarina trees. They protect their nest by flying in a rolling pattern as a territorial display. They are not endangered species and has a stable population. This bird is a national bird of Kenya. 

 Credit: Photo by Hans Hillewaert 

5. Keel-billed Toucan 

Keel-billed Toucan can be found in Southern Mexico to Venezuela and Colombia. Different than the regular toucan with an orange beak, the Keel-billed Toucan has a rainbow color beak which makes their appearance quite funny. Keel-billed Toucan has zygodactyl feet. Their toes facing in different directions; two toes are facing forward and the other two facing backward. This kind of feet helps them to stay and jump in the branch to one another. They are not endangered species but their population keeps decreasing because of the hunt for their beaks and meat. This bird also a national bird of Belize.  Credit: Photo by Instagram @lislegwynn

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