The Most Beautiful Birds in the World [2024]

Beautiful birds can be seen across the globe, but which ones are the prettiest? The most beautiful birds in the world come with a mind-blowing array of colors, patterns, habits, and if that’s what you’re looking for, you’ll love this guide!

30 Most Beautiful Birds Of The World

You’ll learn what makes each of these beautiful birds unique, where they live, what they eat, and what they look like. Here’s our list of the top 30 prettiest birds in the world…

1. Blue Jay

Blue Jay

Blue Jays, Latin name Cyanocitta cristata, are native to North America but are commonly found in the central and eastern regions of the United States. They’re ten inches in length and weigh three ounces. Blue Jays eat nuts, seeds, and acorns, but they are known to eat small insects such as grasshoppers, caterpillars, or beetles. These beautiful birds are recognizable by their bright blue colors, contrasting light gray chest, and white face. One unique identifier of the Blue Jay is when they are frightened or upset, the crest on their head will stand up.

2. Red Crested Turaco

Red Crested Turaco

The Red-crested Turaco, also known by the Latin name Tauraco erythrolophus, is native to Africa. They can be found in the savanna, woodlands, and forests of sub-Saharan Africa. Red Crested Turacos are about 20 inches in length and weigh less than 1 pound. They eat seeds, fruits, flowers, leaves, and termites. These birds are not the best flyers, but they can run extremely fast and they sound like a jungle monkey. They are green-bodied, white-faced, and have a red crest. According to seaworld.com, their beautiful red crest can stand up nearly two inches.

3. Golden Pheasant

Golden Pheasant

Coming in at number 3, this is one of the prettiest birds in the world… Golden Pheasants, Latin name Chrysolophus pictus, are also called “rainbow pheasant” and “Chinese pheasant”. They are local to the mountains of the west and central China. Males can measure up to 3 ½ feet and females up to 2 ½ feet. They eat berries, grains, seeds, and grubs. They are identified by their unique and beautifully golden crest, their feathers that range in a rainbow of colors, and long tail feathers.

4. Painted Bunting

Painted Bunting

Painted Buntings, Latin name Passerina ciris, are found in the southern parts of North America and migrate south to Central America and the Caribbean. They eat seeds and grains unless they are breeding, then they will eat a wide variety of insects, too. The male birds have beautiful, vibrant blue, red, green, and yellow colors that can be seen once the bird has reached the age of two.

5. Flamingo

Flamingo

Flamingos, Latin name Phoenicopterus, are native to the Americas (Caribbean), Africa, Asia, and Europe. They can stand over 4 feet tall and weigh up to 7 pounds. They eat small insects, shrimp, and blue-green algae. Flamingos get their beautiful pink color from the shrimp they eat. The more shrimp they eat, the brighter their feathers will be, the less shrimp they eat, the whiter they will look. They are often seen standing or sleeping on one leg, with the other leg tucked up underneath them.

6. Hyacinth Macaw

Hyacinth Macaw

Hyacinth Macaws, Latin name Anodorhynchus hyacinthinus, are found in eastern and central South America, but many people keep them as pets. They measure about three feet long and weigh around 3 ½ pounds. They eat hard nuts and seeds. These birds are recognizable by their bright cobalt-blue feathers with yellow accents around their eyes and beak. They are the largest of the parrot species and are known for being gentle and loud.

7. Quetzal

Quetzal

The Quetzal, Latin name Pharomachrus mocinno, are found in forests from Mexico to Panama. These birds are just over a foot long and weigh just ¼ of a pound. They eat fruit, lizards, insects, and other small creatures. You’ll recognize a Quetzal by its beautiful red, blue, and green colors. The male Quetzals have unique twin tail feathers that they lose when they mate, while the females do not have long twin tail feathers.

8. Hoopoe

Hoopoe

The Hoopoe, Latin name Upupidae, lives in Africa, Europe, and Asia. They grow up to 5 inches in length and weigh just 2 ounces. These birds eat a variety of bugs including ants, beetles, crickets, locusts, and more. They are identifiable by their long beak, black and white striped feathers, brown heads, and brown crest with black and white stripes on the tips. The Hoopoe is the national bird of Israel.

9. Atlantic Puffin

Atlantic Puffin

The Atlantic Puffin, Latin name Fratercula arctica, is found near the Atlantic Ocean. They are about a foot in height and weigh about a pound. Atlantic Puffins eat crustaceans and fish. These birds have a black body, white chest, and vibrant orange feet. Their beak changes colors from bright orange to gray in the winter. Their coloring is close to penguins, but they look more like a parrot than a penguin.

10. Green Wing Macaw Parrot

Green Wing Macaw Parrot

The Green Wing Macaw Parrot, Latin name Ara chloropterus, lives in central and northern South America. They are about 40 inches long and weigh just under 3 pounds. These birds eat berries, fruit, nuts, and seeds. Green Wing Macaw Parrots are known for their bright red, blue, and green colors. Their bodies usually feature vibrant red feathers, with a green band around their wings and back, with blue on the tips of their wings and tail feathers.