Bird Families

Blue-capped Tanager / Tangara cyanocephala

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Hosting a bird beauty pageant is not an easy task. Nevertheless, subjectively, among more than 9800 species - and this is how many birds live on our planet - we can distinguish a number of handsome men who invariably attract the eyes of people and cause undisguised admiration and delight with their amazing appearance ...

Crowned fly beetle (Onychorhynchus)

There are four varieties of the crowned or royal fly beetle, all of which are characterized by a "crown" that can usually be seen in males only during courtship rituals or competition with other males. Usually, the comb is not visible, the feathers are pressed to the head, however, if necessary, such a "stylish hairstyle" appears.

Blue-headed magnificent bird of paradise (Cicinnurus respublica)

It is an incredible bird of paradise, easily recognizable by its curly tail feathers and unique coloration. The turquoise "crown" on the males' heads is actually not feathers, but a patch of bare skin.

Scaly bird of paradise (Pteridophora alberti)

The plumes “painted” on the head of males (finger-wings) look so improbable that when the first birds of this kind were brought to Europe, people did not believe that this was their natural decoration.

Long-tailed velvet weaver (Euplectes progne)

In the English-speaking world, this South African bird is called the "widow" for its unusually long black mourning tail. In males (that is, widowers), it reaches forty centimeters, which is twice the length of their body.

Fine Painted Malure (Malurus cyaneus)

Males acquire a luxurious solid blue color only during the breeding season, the rest of the time they are almost impossible to distinguish from females. They turn pale brown at the top and white at the bottom, although the feathers retain a blue tint on the wings and tail.

Quezal (Pharomachrus mocinno)

Many consider this bird to be the most beautiful in the world. Quezal is the national symbol of Guatemala, and the local currency is even named after her.

Lilac-breasted Roller (Coracias caudatus)

This bird (like other representatives of this species), known for an unusually impressive ritual of courtship, is also famous for its rapid dive, circular ups and downs "stone", which are accompanied by a piercing sound.

Curled arasari (Pteroglossus beauharnaesii)

This bird, belonging to the toucan family, got its name from the extraordinary feathers on its head, curling like a ribbon on a gift box.

Blue-capped tanager (Tangara cyanocephala)

There are three subspecies of this bird, differing mainly in the size of the spot on the throat and the color of the head. They live in low-lying tropical forests in the east of South America.

Paradise Tanager (Tangara chilensis)

Guiana Rock Cockerel (Rupicola rupicola)

Their scallop, an almost perfect semicircular shape, is formed by two rows of feathers, converging at the ends with each other. Unlike other birds, rocky cockerels wear this adornment all the time.

Livingston bananoed (Tauraco livingstonii)

The banana eater, also known as Turaco, is the ancestor of the Musophagidae family, which means, of course, banana eaters. However, remarkably, these birds hardly eat bananas.

Indian Hornbill (Anthracoceros coronatus)

These birds are easily recognizable by the huge "helmet" growing on the top of the beak. The tribes of central India believed that wearing a hanging rhinoceros skull around their necks was the surest route to wealth.

Mandarin duck - a small bird of the genus forest ducks of the duck family. The mandarin duck lives in the Far East. In addition, the species has been successfully acclimatized in Great Britain and Ireland and in the state of California, USA.

Passeriformes There are over 5 thousand species of passerines in the world, which is about 60% of the total number of species. In the photo - Long-tailed broad-beak, or long-tailed hornbeak (Psarisomus dalhousiae)

Cranes (Gruiformes) A ​​detachment of mainly marsh and terrestrial birds, less often nesting in trees. On the picture - Eastern Crowned Crane (Balearica regulorum)

With a few exceptions, songwriters benefit from the extermination of masses of small insects. On the picture - Embossed wagtail (Epthianura)

Gouldian finch (Chloebia gouldiae)

New Guinea Swallow (Hirundo neoxena)

Blue jay (Cyanocitta cristata)

Fan-bearing crowned pigeon (lat.Goura victoria), so beautiful that it doesn't look like a dove at all. The magnificent crown of a dove consists of a translucent fan of loose feathers standing on a crest. They are found free in New Guinea and neighboring islands. A pigeon and a dove, like other pigeons, are a strong pair, for life ...

Long-tailed velvet weaver (Euplectes progne)

In the English-speaking world, this South African bird is called the "widow" for its unusually long black mourning tail. In males (that is, widowers), it reaches forty centimeters, which is twice the length of their body.

Fine Painted Malure (Malurus cyaneus)

Males acquire a luxurious solid blue color only during the breeding season, the rest of the time it is almost impossible to distinguish them from females. They turn pale brown at the top and white at the bottom, although the feathers retain a blue tint on the wings and tail.

Crowned fly beetle (Onychorhynchus)

There are four varieties of the crowned or royal fly beetle, all of which are characterized by a "crown" that can usually be seen in males only during courtship rituals or competition with other males. Usually, the comb is not visible, the feathers are pressed to the head, however, if necessary, such a "stylish hairstyle" appears.

Scaly bird of paradise (Pteridophora alberti)

The plumes “painted” on the heads of males (finger-wings) look so improbable that when the first such birds were brought to Europe, people did not believe that this was their natural decoration.

Quezal (Pharomachrus mocinno)

Many consider this bird to be the most beautiful in the world. Quezal is the national symbol of Guatemala; the local currency is even named after her.

Lilac-breasted Roller (Coracias caudatus)

This bird (like other representatives of this species), known for an unusually impressive ritual of courtship, is also famous for its rapid dive, circular ups and downs "stone", which are accompanied by a piercing sound.

Curled arasari (Pteroglossus beauharnaesii)

This bird, belonging to the toucan family, got its name from the extraordinary feathers on its head, curling like a ribbon on a gift box.

Blue-capped tanager (Tangara cyanocephala)

There are three subspecies of this bird, differing mainly in the size of the spot on the throat and the color of the head. They live in low-lying tropical forests in the east of South America.

Blue-headed magnificent bird of paradise (Cicinnurus respublica)

This is another incredible bird of paradise easily recognized by its curly tail feathers and unique coloration. The turquoise "crown" on the males' heads is actually not feathers, but a patch of bare skin.

Guiana Rock Cockerel (Rupicola rupicola)

Their scallop, an almost perfect semicircular shape, is formed by two rows of feathers, converging at the ends with each other. Unlike other birds, rocky cockerels wear this adornment all the time.

Livingston bananoed (Tauraco livingstonii)

The banana eater, also known as Turaco, is the ancestor of the Musophagidae family, which means, of course, banana eaters. However, remarkably, these birds hardly eat bananas.

Indian Hornbill (Anthracoceros coronatus)

These birds are easily recognizable by the huge "helmet" growing on the top of the beak. The tribes of central India believed that wearing a hanging rhinoceros skull around their necks was the surest route to wealth.

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