10 of the most colorful species in the world

Birds with multicolored plumage are not limited to exotic environments, they can also be observed in France or Europe. le Figaro It presents you with a list of 10 species for which nature has offered a mixture of colors.

A recent study, conducted jointly by the Universities of Debrecen (Hungary) and Sheffield (UK), revealed that feathers the birds They were more colorful near the equator. It is therefore very logical to find many species of parrots, such as the Costa Rican parrot, among the 10 most colorful birds in the world.

Pademelon Matrix

The colorful Pademelon inhabits the tropics of America. bryanpollard / stock.adobe.com

Found in the Amazon and on the Guyana Shield, the Pademelon Matrix or bird of paradiseTanger Chillensis) is a member of the Thraupidae family, which includes several types of American spies. As its name suggests, this small 15cm bird is no less than seven different colours: greenish on its head; Purple along the wings. turquoise blue on both sides of the chest; Brown eyes orange and yellow on the lower back. Brown on legs and most wings. Paradise tanners form flocks of four to twenty birds to navigate.

  • Origin: Northern South America
  • Food: berries, fruits, insects
  • Weight: 15 to 20 grams
  • Size: 10 to 15 cm


The blue and golden macaw and the red macaw have become symbols of exoticism. stock.adobe.com

The parrots Are parrots that live in tropical America. They have multi-colored plumage and are known for their ability to repeat the sounds they hear. There are a lot of parrots in popular culture, especially in movies and cartoons. Who does not immediately think of the blue and gold budgerigar cotton pirate? The most famous of them is Macau with horizontal stripes in red, yellow and blue. Representatives of baboons are distinguished by their hard, hooked beaks and long tails. Unfortunately, they are endangered in the wild.

  • Origin: Tropical America
  • Diet: fruit and seeds
  • Weight: 1 kg
  • Height: 85 cm

European Roller

In 1981, France made the European roller a protected species. stock.adobe.com

in France , European roller It is a species that has been protected by ministerial decree since 1981. However, during the nesting period, it is found more on the Iberian Peninsula or in Eastern Europe. When hibernation occurs, the cylinder reaches South Africa. This crow bird has an average size of 30cm and features gorgeous plumage in shades of blue (night, king, turquoise) and orange tips. This elegant decoration amazed the Nuremberg painter Albrecht Dürer, who dedicated to it a series of watercolors.

  • Habitat: Southern and Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and Southern Africa
  • Diet: insects, snakes, lizards, batrash, and small rodents
  • Weight: 140 to 200 grams
  • Size: 28 to 32 cm


Thanks to its long beak, the kingfisher catches small fish in flight. Carlos Lomsky / stock.adobe.com

It can be recognized by its long, thin beak kingfisher He always lives near the water to catch small fish. True to his name, he is an excellent fisherman, skimming the surface of the water at full speed. So it is particularly difficult to notice. Courtship shows also consist of fast air chases. When they are not flying, one can notice their absolutely gorgeous colours. Its plumage blends turquoise, orange, white and black. Females have a slight difference: a red spot on the beak.

  • Origin: Europe, Asia and the coast of North Africa
  • Food: small fish, crustaceans, and batracions
  • Weight: 32 to 37 grams
  • Height: 15 to 17 cm

european bee eater

Bee eaters move in noisy groups. Locar / stock.adobe.com

Insects, as their name suggests, european bee eater It only stays on the Old Continent between April and September. Males have the most colorful plumage, the color of the plumage ranges from reddish to turquoise to bright yellow. Smaller specimens are generally pallor. Collective birds, bee-eaters move in flocks, while crying loudly. Their eggs are laid in underground nests.

  • Habitat: Southern Europe, the Middle East, and Southern Africa
  • Food: wasps, bees, hornets and hymen
  • Weight: 57-62g
  • Size: 25-30 cm

republican bird of paradise

The republican bird of paradise lives on only two islands in West Papua. stock.adobe.com

The republican bird of paradise It is a wonderful bird of the class of gaspers, like the robin. It is found only on two islands of the Pacific Ocean: Waigeo and Batanta. Only males benefit from this natural development of plumage colouration, which is well divided into zones (blue on the forehead, red on the feathers and back, black on the sides, green on the belly and yellow on the top). The long midnight blue strands, curved and protruding from the rector’s feathers, make it all the more magical. It was the naturalist Charles Lucien Bonaparte who baptized this “republican tree of paradise” because of his political ideas. The Birds of Paradise are also called “Birds of Paradise”.

  • Origin: South Pacific
  • Diet: fruits and arthropods
  • Weight: 53-67 grams
  • Size: from 15 to 20 cm

mandarin duck

Coming from Asia, mandarin ducks invaded the waters of Bois de Boulogne and Vincennes. stock.adobe.com

if it was teal A star of French ponds, you can also enjoy watching Mandarin in Lake de Menemes in Vincennes. L ‘aix galericulata – Its educated name – it loses its beautiful plumage after the breeding season at the end of spring. This majestic duck has the special (uncommon in the animal kingdom) to live its entire life as a married couple, so much so that it symbolizes fidelity in China. Mandarin ducks are an endangered species in Asia due to deforestation. Its arrival in Europe is undoubtedly the result of the adaptation of specimens that escaped from zoos.

  • Habitat: Northern Europe, Eastern Asia
  • Food: worms, small fish, seeds, nuts, snails, insects
  • Weight: 625 to 635 grams
  • Size: 40-50cm


The parrot is one of the most domesticated birds in the world. stock.adobe.com

Just like the parrot, the Parrot It is a member of the Psittaciformes family. It has been bred in captivity since 1850, making it the main type of parrot to be domesticated. It is the most domesticated species of bird after the canary. The parrot is very social and its relations with humans are especially advanced: it can be taught to speak, play or whistle melodies. Its plumage is often bright yellow and green, but sometimes it is a dull blue. It still features black stripes and ripples.

  • Origin: Australia
  • Food: Spinifex seeds, herbs, grains
  • Weight: 29 to 40 grams
  • Size: from 15 to 20 cm


In Nahuatl, the language of the Aztecs, the word “quetzal” means “big green feather.” ondrejprosicky / stock.adobe.com

It was a bird that was revered by the Aztecs and Mayans, and quetzal It lives in the tropical part of the American continent. The male has majestic green plumage, long tail feathers, crest, and red belly. Each year, after the nesting period, the quetzal loses its plumage and gradually forms new plumage. As a habitat, it prefers cloudy forests, far from humans.

  • Origin: Tropical America
  • Diet: Fruit, insects, snails, lizards
  • Weight: 200 to 210 grams
  • Height: 32 to 38 cm


The toucan’s beak is used to regulate its internal temperature. ondrejprosicky / stock.adobe.com

The Toucan A large bird, famous for its huge (about 20 cm) beak, which is often very colorful. Unlike most other birds, this exotic bird is used to bathing in ponds formed in tree cavities. Annoyed by this bony beak, however light it is, toucans prefer to move from branch to branch rather than fly. There are many species of toucans on the South American continent. There are certain colors in most of them: black, light yellow and red. Pale blue and light green are also frequently seen on their plumage.

  • Origin: Tropical America
  • Food: insects, fruits and seeds
  • Weight: from 530 to 545 grams
  • Height: 60 to 66 cm

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