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    21 Birds That Are More Beautiful Than Any Human

    These are the Instagram models of the bird world.

    1. If you don’t follow bird accounts on Instagram, you’re seriously missing out!

    2. With roughly 20,000* species, there seems to be a never-ending amount of gorgeous birds worth photographing — including this Plum-headed Parakeet.

    3. Take for example, the Oriental dwarf kingfisher. Found in Southeast Asia, this little bird is an absolute beaut'.

    4. Or how about these Rhinoceros hornbills?

    5. Hummingbirds in particular can be quite colorful, like this Shining Sunbeam. It's found in Colombia, Peru, and Ecuador and it’s an absolute stunner!

    6. Check out this Fiery-throated hummingbird, native to Costa Rica and Panama.

    7. And, if purple is your favorite color, you'll probably appreciate the Velvet-purple Coronet.

    8. Hummingbirds aren't the only birds blessed with feathers of many colors. These two are called Rainbow Lorikeets. They're part of the parrot family and are actually classified as pests in parts of Australia and New Zealand.

    9. This beautiful little bird is a Painted Bunting, sometimes called the "Nonpareil" which translates to unrivaled. They're common in the Southeastern United States.

    10. Not everyone is a fan of pigeons, but they're lying if they say the Nicobar pigeon isn't pretty!

    11. The Violaceous Trogon* sounds like a Harry Potter spell, but it's actually this really pretty bird found in Central and South America.

    12. This colorful Mask of Zorro-looking bird is called a Common Green Magpie.

    13. And this is a gorgeous shot of a Mandarin duck.

    14. There has to be at least one macaw on this list, so why not the Hyacinth?

    15. Peep the legs on this Purple Gallinule:

    16. And take a gander at this bird. It's called a Three-wattled Bellbird, you know, because it has three wattles hanging from its face!

    17. This sophisticated-looking bird is a Violet-green Swallow. They can be found nesting from all the way up in Alaska down to central Mexico.

    18. This bird is called a Hoopoe and it has a gorgeous crown of feathers a top its head.

    19. You might recognize the Wilson's bird of paradise, known for its elaborate courtship dance.

    20. Belonging to the pheasant family, the Himalayan monal could make your jaw drop with its looks.

    21. And finally, I present to you the Guianan Cock-of-the-rock. Magnificent, isn't he?

    Anyway, this is just 21 of thousands of beautiful birds! Sorry if your fave didn't make it.

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