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10 Of The Most Beautiful & Funny Birds in the World

There is a reason that bird watching and photography are classic pastimes: birds are some of Mother Nature’s sharpest dressers. In the wild there are many kinds of animals that seek to hide or blend into their surroundings as to avoid danger. The following birds, on the other hand, are just the opposite — they seek to stand out and show off. What’s more, many of these birds have interesting and quirky behavior, especially when it’s mating season, so read on to learn about these beautiful birds and their funny personalities.


The Golden Pheasant

These bright birds are native to western China. That orange cape they have around their necks actually serve a purpose: when it’s time to find a mate, a male will spread his cape like a fan to show off his colors.


The Atlantic Puffin

Because of their funny appearance, puffins are sometimes called “sea roosters” and “clowns of the sea”. Atlantic puffins feed by diving for fish, but they sometimes munch on other sea creatures such as squids and crustaceans.


The Quetzal

These birds are native to the forests of Central America. Not only do they have an odd assortment of feathers and a wacky hair-do, these birds also have a healthy appetite. They’ll eat anything from lizards, insects, small creatures, and even fruit.


Rainbow Lorikeet

This colorful parrot looks like some wild artist painted all over him. Rainbow Lorikeets are seen often along Australia’s eastern seaboard. They love to hang out in rainforests, woodland areas, and coastal bush. They can also become drunk, usually by consuming fermented nectar, which has been known to last for months.


The Kingfishers

As their name implies, Kingfishers are skilled fishers. Thanks to their large, strong bills, Kingfishers can eat a wide assortment of foods besides fish — frogs, insects, crabs, mice, lizards, and even other birds. When they hunt, usually they find a perch and wait to spot prey. Once a victim is caught, a Kingfisher will bring it back to its perch and whack it to death.


Peacocks

Peacocks are definitely one of Mother Nature’s most flashiest dressers. They are pheasants, and they are known for their remarkable tail feathers, which when spread show off incredible “eyes”. These feathers are used in courtship displays and mating rituals, and the females often choose mates based on the length of a male’s feathers.


Keel-Billed Toucans

These birds are native to Belize. They are known for their very colorful bills, which come in a wide assortment of bright colors. But they’re not just flashy birds: they are known for being fearless, as they calmly wait out even the most severe storms.


Flamingos

No list of beautiful birds would be complete without flamingos. These oddly pink birds are often found in southern and western hemispheres (and of course on people’s lawns as plastic ornaments). They are extremely good at balancing: they are capable of standing on one leg for hours at a time.


Bohemian Waxwing

These birds don’t stand out with bright colors as do some others on this list, but on closer inspection, their elegance becomes apparent. They have sleek, smooth brown feathers, with just the right amount of bright highlights on their tail feathers. Their funny-shaped crests give them a slightly comical aspect, too.


Blue Bird-of-Paradise

The birds-of-paradise is a group of birds often found in New Guinea, and the Blue bird is likely the famous one of all. Not only are they beautiful, but the males perform hilarious courtship displays; they’ll hang upside down from branches, spread their plumage, and sing in a low, throaty voice.

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