12 Most Beautiful Birds of Texas

If you're a birder, you probably have your own opinion of what are the 12 most beautiful birds in Texas and you're right because beauty is in the eye of the beholder! Here are what Cliff Shackelford, an ornithologist for Texas Parks & Wildlife, in an article in Texas Parks & Wildlife Magazine considers his choice for the most beautiful birds in Texas.

12 Beautiful Texas Birds

Red-Headed Woodpecker

With crisp, solid hues of black, white, and red, this bird steals the show with color and chutzpah

Red-Headed Woodpecker

Le Conte's Sparrow

The LeConte's broad, buff eyebrow and intricate ring around the collar make this guy distinctive

Le Conte Sparrow

Black-Capped Vireo

Hard to see, the Black-Capped Vireo is shy and sticks to the shrubs.

 

Black-Capped Vireo

Violet-Green Swallow

Hard to beat the violet-green swallow as its green-purple topside feathers contrast with a snow-white belly

Violet Green Swallow

 

Swallow-tailed Kite

The beauty of this bird is the way it flies gracefully and effortlessly through the ski

Swallow Tailed Kite

 

Prothonotary Warbler

A distinctive song this tiny songbird of East Texas' hardwood forests

 

Prothonotary Warbler

 

Scissor-Tailed Flycatcher

The official state bird of Oklahoma, it's peachy sides and flowing tail make for a beautiful sight

Montezuma Quail

Often called "fool's quail" the male is spectacular and can be easily observed in the Davis Mountains

Montezuma Quail

Tricolored Heron

They have varying shades of purple and blue on the bill and straw colored plumes

Tri Colored Heron

Hooded Merganser

A simple black and white bird with cinnamon sides but the all white rounded crest steals the show

Hooded Merganser

Rufous Hummingbird

To attract this bird, fill you bird feeder with four parts water to one part sugar

 

Rufous Hummingbird

Purple Gallinule

A beautiful purple and what appears to be an ability to walk on water

Purple Gallinule

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