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The stunning Central American Purple-throated Mountain-gem are second to none in terms of natural beauty. They are one of the major tourist attractions in Costa Rica, where ecotourists come from afar to experience these delightful creatures in their natural habitat.
However, the stunning Crimson Sunbirds (and other sunbird species) from Asia have a lot in common with the American hummingbirds, such as small size, color plumages, and long skinny bills that are perfectly adapted for retrieving nectar from flower buds.
Dusky Lories aka Banded Lories or "Duskies" are unlike other parrots species. Their main diet consists of flowers, nectar and pollen. They are in demand in the pet market because of their striking beauty, but their loud natural vocalizations should be considered.
Europe has their own feathered jewels - such as the European Bee-eaters. The image of this colorful representative of the Bee-eater family was incorporated in our website's banner.
Talking about "jewels" - the brightly plumaged Central American Resplendent Quetzals are argued to be the most beautiful and ornate bird species in the Western Hemisphere. Within their range are often referred to as "The Rare Jewel Birds of the World."
The North American Chuck-will's-widows are far from "the usual." They have large, gaping mouths that allow them scoop up insects in flight. These birds were named for their repetitive, loud, whistled "chuck-will's-widow" calls that are often heard at night.
This image by Wildlife Photographer Julian Robinson from Australia of a Superb Parrot - aka Barraband's or Barraband's Parakeet - is simply extraordinary.
Sadly these parrots are at risk of extinction. Only about 6,500 adults are believed to have survived in the wild.
The African continent has their own avian treasures - such as the Northern Red Bishops.
These brightly plumaged finches are best known for the males' habit of weaving complex done nests.
These finches that are best known for the males' habit of weaving complex dome nests, as well as their entertaining courtship displays to attract potential females.
This delightful Trumpeter Swan cygnet was beautifully captured by photographer Mary Margaret.
These majestic white swans - with contrasting black bills, feet and legs - were hunted close to extinction by 1940, as they feathers were in demand for fashion wear (such as hats), their largest flight feathers were used for quill pens and their skins were used for ladies' powder puffs.