10 Most Beautiful Tropical Birds In The World

Royal Flycatcher
Royal Flycatcher

Are you intrigued by birds? Do you like exploring their types and habitats? Our article today is about tropical birds. Knowing the location of the tropics is a prerequisite to understanding what a tropical bird is. They are that region of the planet’s surface that forms a band around the equator and is bounded by the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn, respectively, in the north and south. The native birds of this region are referred to as “tropical birds.” Here is a list of some of them,

Tropical Birds

1. Greater Rhea

Rhea is one of the bigger species of tropical birds. It is the ideal illustration of a tropical bird that lacks bright colors and does not reside in the rainforest or the jungle. It stands up to 67 inches tall from head to foot.

This flightless bird inhabits an environment of open grassland, pampas, and salt marshes and can be found from Brazil to Argentina. Despite not being able to fly, the Rhea possesses powerful wings that may spread out to speed up its running and attract female attention. The eggs are laid in a nest that the male builds on the ground after mating with numerous different females.

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Greater Rhea
Greater Rhea

2. Royal Flycatcher

The royal flycatcher is a wonderful small bird that is recognized for its eye-catching crest. While females have a yellow crest that is elaborately adorned with black and steel blue tips, males have a striking scarlet crest. These crests will be displayed both during courting rituals and combative engagements by the flycatcher.

The hamerkop has strong, big, rounded wings and flies by flapping and gliding, despite not being a particularly attractive bird. The bird stretches its neck when gliding but brings its head in when flapping its wings. In order to gain a little lift when running, it may also hold its wings out.

Royal Flycatcher
Royal Flycatcher

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3. Hamerkop

This medium-sized bird can be found in Madagascar and most of Africa. The wading bird feeds on insects, rodents, tiny fish, and other water creatures in shallow lakes, marshes, and rivers. Its large bill and backswept crest give its head the appearance of a hammer, hence its common name.

Hamerkop
Hamerkop

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4. Malabar Pied Hornbill

The Malabar pied hornbill, which is found throughout India and Sri Lanka, is easily recognized thanks to its relatively large and peculiar-looking horn. Indian tribal people held the belief that hanging a skull from the horn of this bird would bring them fortune. Despite the fact that the number of these amazing birds has not been determined, it is thought that they are a “near-threatened” species.

Malabar Pied Hornbill
Malabar Pied Hornbill

5. Harpy Eagle

This enormous, almost extinct eagle of the South American rainforests has a horrifying appearance. It has large talons and a deep, hooked bill. Because it has talons and a bill, the harpy eagle is an apex predator and can consume animals as large as sloths and monkeys. In addition, the eagle has a black feathered crest that it raises in annoyance. The harpy eagle, however, mates for life, and the wedded pair treats one another tenderly while constructing their nest.

Harpy Eagle
Harpy Eagle

6. Roseate Spoonbill

Roseate spoonbill scientifically known as Platalea ajaja is a wading pink bird that belongs to the family spoonbill family known as Threskiornithidae. The bird species is a resident breeder in both South and North America. It can grow between 71 to 86 cm (28 to 34 in) long with a total wingspan between 120 to 133 cm (47 to 52 in).

The avarage wieght is between 1.2 to 1.8 kg. Roseate Spoonbill loves to thrive in shrubs or trees, often mangroves, and lays eggs in between two to five that are whitish with brown markings. The bill is yellowish or pinkish. The avarage lifespan is upto 10 years in the wild.

Roseate Spoonbill
Roseate Spoonbill

7. African Pygmy Goose

African Pygmy Goose is a type of perching duck because of its stubby bill. The bird species can be seen throughout sub-Saharan Africa and Madagascar. The avarage lifespan of the African Pygmy Goose is between 10 to 15 years in the wild.

It can grow up to 75 cm (30 in) in length and its avarage wieght is approximately 285 g (0.875 oz.) The diet consists primarily of water lily seeds, however, it also consumes aquatic insects and small fishes. African Pygmy Goose is the smallest of Africa’s wildfowl and also the smallest across the world.

African Pygmy Goose
African Pygmy Goose

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8. Kagu

Kagu scientifically known as Rhynochetos jubatus is a long-legged white bird with a blue-grey crest. It is a nearly flightless bird and prefers to stay on the ground. Kagu used to prey on worms, lizards, and snails. It is endemic to the dense mountains of New Caledonia and spends most of the time on the forest floor where they make thier habitat and wait for its prey.

Kagu is one of the tropical birds with a long lifespan and they can live between 20 to 30 years in the wild. They are small birds that can grow upto 22 in (55 cm) long and 2 ft (0.6 m) tall with an avarage wieght between 700 to 1,100 gms.

Kagu
Kagu

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9. Papuan Lorikeet

Papuan Lorikeets also known as Stella’s Lorikeet and Mount-Goliath Lorikeets are bird species endemic to the mountains of Vogelkop Peninsular, Irian Jaya, in Indonesia. It can grow upto 42 cm (16.5 inches) in length along with a wingspan between 130 to 145 mm. The parrot species belongs to the family Psittaculidae. It can grow in the length between 1.2 to 1.4 ft and its avarage wieght is between 74 to 113 gms. These lorikeet species have ample melanin that makes them black and known as the melanistic color phase.

Papuan Lorikeet
Papuan Lorikeet

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10. Eclectus Parrot

Eclectus Parrot is one of the amazing tropical birds scientifically known as Eclectus roratus that comes with bright colors typically green and red. The natural predators of bird species are possums, birds of prey, and wild dogs.

These are mostly seen in the region of the Solomon Islands, Indonesia, New Guinea, Australia, and the Moluccas. The avarage lifespan of an Eclectus Parrot is more than 30 years in the wild. It can grow upto a length between 12 to 14.5 inches and the avarage wieght is 16 ounces. The female species of Eclectus parrot also known as hens and are extremely maternal and will defend their nest to death.

Eclectus Parrot
Eclectus Parrot

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