Mar 21

Twitter logoAs you may or may not be aware, today marks the 5th birthday of everyone’s favourite microblogging site – Twitter! In order to pay homage, here at ARKive we decided to celebrate in the only way we know how, with a countdown of our top 5 blue birds in honour of Twitter’s famous logo!

Kicking off our countdown at number five is the…..

Blue-footed booby

Ok ok, so this bird might not be blue all over, but surely these funky feet deserve a mention? And for the fashionistas out there they even come in different shades!

Blue-footed booby photo

Fluttering in at number four is the…..

Blue jay

The beautiful blue jay is not just a pretty face, this cunning corvid can also copy the cries of local hawks so well that it is sometimes difficult to tell which is which!

Blue jay photo

Making an elegant appearance at number three is the…..

Western crowned-pigeon

The largest and perhaps the most elaborate of all the pigeons, this blue beauty is the size of a small turkey and sports a fan-like crest of lacy light blue feathers.

Western-crowned-pigeon photo

Swooping into the number two spot is the…..

Seven-coloured tanager

With its striking plumage, this colourful character would certainly win the prize for the biggest range of blues on a single bird, with feathers ranging from turquoise to ultramarine!

Seven-coloured tanager

And in at number one we have the….

Hyacinth macaw

With its brilliant cobalt blue plumage, the hyacinth macaw is a worthy winner of our blue bird countdown, although it may be more of a squawker than a tweeter!

Hyacinth macaw photo

Don’t forget that you can follow ARKive on Twitter too for all the latest wildlife news, incredible facts, funny photos and behind the scenes info!

Claire Lewis, ARKive Media Researcher

  • David Shaw (March 22nd, 2011 at 10:52 pm):

    Surely Asian Fairy Bluebird deserved a place in this list.
    Absolutly stunning!