Are you fascinated by the diverse range of colors that can be found in the avian world?
Well, get ready to be wowed, because today we’re going to be exploring a group of birds that take color to the next level.
We’re talking about mixed color birds – those feathered creatures that boast a stunning combination of hues that will take your breath away. From blue and orange to red and yellow, mixed color birds come in a wide array of striking and sometimes unexpected color combinations.
In this article, we’ll dive into the world of these vibrantly colored birds, learning about some of the species that exhibit this unique characteristic and the science behind their incredible colors. So, sit back, relax, and prepare to be amazed by the beauty of mixed color birds!
Perching Ducks – Family Anatidae
The beautiful Wood Duck is very common in large parts of the United States. Wood Ducks have sharp claws for perching in trees and nest in tree cavities, up to 60 feet high.
Cardinals and Buntings – Family Cardinalidae
Cardinals and Buntings are examples of mixed color birds within the avian world.
They are often known for their striking red or blue feathers. Many species within these families also exhibit a mix of contrasting colors (like black, white, and yellow).
For instance, the Painted Bunting (below), boasts a vibrant mix of blue, green, red, and yellow on its feathers, making it a true spectacle to behold.
Similarly, the male Northern Cardinal is known for its bright red plumage, accented by black feathers around its face and bill, as well as a distinctive crest on its head.