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Pink is one of the most attractive colors. It is a bright and outstanding color that emits beauty everywhere. Many people are only aware of pink flamingos but do not know other birds that are also pink in color. Despite the fact that it stands out visually, it is also rare, and this makes it more extraordinary.

Pink-headed fruit dove

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The scientific name for this beautiful dove is Ptilinopus pophyreus. This dove also referred to as the Timmins’s fruit pigeon is a tiny but colorful dove that originates from Indonesia. They are found in the islands of Sumatra, Java, and Bali, and according to a recent survey, it was found that the largest number of pink-headed fruit doves is in the java islands. The distribution of the birds is quite extensive in the Sumatra islands, but only historical evidence of the pink-headed fruit doves in the mountains in Bali Island. They occur in altitudes 0f 900 to 2200 meters but are most common in altitudes above 1200 meters. Pink-headed fruit doves are approximately 11 to 11.5 inches long.

Pink-headed fruit dove lays one or two white eggs and incubates them for 20 days. Hatchlings are nested for 16 days, after which they fly out to forage themselves. The birds are shy, hard to see, and mostly fly by themselves or in pairs. Male pink-headed fruit doves have a purple-pink head, neck, and throat and a white band outlined in greenish-black below the throat. The birds have a green upper body, and the below is grey with yellow under tail coverts. The bill of pink-headed fruit doves in greenish, pink feet, and their eyes iris is orange. Female pink-headed fruit doves are duller than the male and have a weaker breast band. The bird’s call is a soft hoot.

Pink-headed fruit dove’s diet consists mainly of figs, small fruits, seeds, and berries. They mostly forage in the upper canopy, where they camouflage well in the green forest.

Major-Mitchell’s Cockatoo

Major-Mitchell’s Cockatoo, also known as Leadbeater’s Cockatoo or the Pink Cockatoo, is a medium-sized cockatoo in the Lophophora genus. The scientific name for this Cockatoo is Lophochoroa leadbeateri. Pink Cockatoos were named Major-Mitchel’s cockatoos in honor of one of Australia’s first explorers of inland Australia called Major Sir Thomas Mitchell.

Pink Cockatoos have a salmon-pink plumage, large bright red and yellow crest, and are commonly described as the most beautiful Cockatoo. Male and female pink Cockatoos are almost similar, with the females having a broader yellow stripe on the chest and red-eye when mature. Male Major Mitchell’s Cockatoos are bigger than the female ones.

This bird is native to the arid and semi-arid inland areas of Australia but is regularly seen in other climates such as the South East Queensland’s subtropical region. The birds inhabit and forage in the woodlands with trees such as conifers, she-oak, and eucalyptus. They feed mostly on fruits, seeds, grass, and larvae.

Rose-breasted Cockatoo

The Rose-breasted Cockatoo, also known as Galah, pink and grey Cockatoo is widely distributed in Australia. The scientific name for this bird is Eolophus roseicapilla. Galas are the most common Cockatoos in Australia. The birds have a pink and grey plumage, pale grey rump, beak and legs, pale silver to grey back, pink face and breast, and a light pink crest. Male and female Rose-breasted Cockatoos are almost identical only that the male Galahs have very dark brown irises and the female mid brown or red irises. Adult Galahs are more brightly colored than immature ones. The immature galahs have a greyish breast, crown, and crest, and brown irises with whitish eye-rings. Rose-breasted Cockatoo weighs about 270 to 350 grams and is approximately 35 cm long.

Rose-breasted Cockatoos mostly inhabit open areas with at least some scattered trees for shelter. They can also be found in the metropolitan areas of Australia such as Adelaide, Melbourne, and Perth. The birds are also inhabiting the coastal regions of Australia. Galahs lay 2 to 5 white eggs and incubate them for 25 days. The nesting period is 49 days.  The main diet of galahs is seeds, fruits, and nuts. The birds have a lifespan of up to 72 years. These birds are usually loud and bold.

American Flamingo

The American Flamingo, also known as the Caribbean Flamingo, is a large species of Flamingo widely distributed in the Caribbean islands and the Galapagos Islands. The scientific name for this Flamingo is Phoenicopterus ruber. American Flamingo is closely related to the Greater Flamingo, which is the most common Flamingo in the world. The American Flamingo is only found in North America.

The Caribbean flamingo has a reddish-pink plumage, a pinkish-red head, neck, and body. The necks of these flamingos are extremely long, and the bill is pink and white with a black tip. Immature American Flamingos are grey-brown with some pink in the wings, tail, and underparts. The legs, feet, and bill of these juveniles are mostly brown. American flamingos are generally smaller than greater flamingos. Male American flamingos weigh approximately 2.8 kgs and the females 2.2 kgs. They have an average length of 120 to 145 cm and a wingspan of 140 to 165 cm.

American flamingos are mostly found in saline lagoons and salt pans, where they also forage. Their diet consists of aquatic invertebrates such as crustaceans, mollusks, annelids and insects, and seeds. These flamingoes nest in low altitudes in the coastal regions of the Caribbean. They lay one chalky-white egg and incubate it for 27 to 31 days. The chicks hatched have pale grey down that is quickly replaced by a second darker coat of down. The nesting period is between 65 to 90days. The birds, while perched and in-flight, call in a goose-like double honk. American Flamingos have a life expectancy of 40 years.

Chilean Flamingo

The Chilean Flamingo is a large flamingo species native to South America. The scientific name for this Flamingo is Phoenicopterus chilensis. Chilean flamingoes have grayish legs with pink joints and black bills. Immature Chilean flamingos are usually gray in color. Chilean flamingos are approximately 80 to 145 cm long and 1.9 to 3kg heavy. They have a wingspan of 1.2 to 1.5 cm.

Chilean flamingos are mostly found in salt lagoons and soda lakes. These birds mainly feed on algae and plankton from the coastal mudflats, estuaries, lagoons, and salt lakes. The bill of a Chilean flamingo has comb-like structures that enable it to filter food from the water. The birds live in large flocks to stimulate breeding. They lay one chalky white egg and incubate it for 26 to 31 days. Chilean flamingos have a life span of up to 50 years.

Greater Flamingo

The Greater Flamingo is the most widespread and largest species of the flamingo family. The scientific name for this Flamingo is Phoenicopterus roseus. This species of Flamingo has no subspecies. Greater flamingos are found in the middle east, Indian subcontinent, Africa, and southern Europe. They are the only migratory member of the flamingo family.

Greater flamingos have a pinkish white plumage with red wing covets and black primary and secondary flight feathers.  The big kinked bill of this bird is pink with a black tip and entirely pink legs. They have yellow eyes. Immature Greater flamingos are paler with dark legs and wings and some pink on their underparts, wings, and tail. Greater flamingos weigh about 2 to 4 kgs and are averagely 110 to 150 cm tall. The birds have a wingspan of 140 to 165 cm.

Greater flamingos can be found in mudflats and shallow coastal lagoons with saltwater. Greater flamingos are carnivores and feed on crustaceans, worms, mollusks, insects, crabs, and small fish. On rare occasions, the greater flamingos feed on plant material like shoots and grass seeds. Greater flamingos lay one chalky white egg on a mud mound and incubate them forn27 ton32 days. Hatched greater flamingos are grey whitish and take several years to gain their true pink plumage. They call in a goose-like honk. Greater flamingos have a lifespan of 30 to 40 years.

Brown-capped rosy Finch

The brown-capped Rosy-Finch is a medium-sized songbird and the rarest species in the Fringillidae family. The scientific name for Brown-capped Rosy-Finch is Leucosticte australis. This bird is native to the high Rocky Mountains in North America.

Brown-capped Rosy-Finch has a conical bill, relatively short tail, and long wings. The birds are relatively larger than an American Goldfinch. Adult male Rosy-Finch when breeding is mostly rich brown above and deep rosy below. The wings and the rump have rosy edges, a gray cap and tail, and dark legs and bill. Adult females have similar patterns but are less richly colored, and their bills are black when breeding and yellow in winter. Immature Brown-capped Rosy-Finch is brownish with striking patterned wings with a hint of rosy edges. Brown-capped Rossy Finch have an average weight of 23 to 33 grams and a length of 14 to 16 cm. the birds have an approximate wingspan of 33 cm.

Brown-capped Rosy-Finch mostly inhabits the alpine meadows that are partly covered by snow. They nest in cliffs, caves, and old rockslides as high as 14,200 feet. The nest is near their feeding areas, such as the glaciers, meadows, snowfields, moraines, cirques, and fell fields. Brown-capped Rosy-Finches mostly feed on insects and seeds of pigweed, lovegrass, Scribner, tufted hair grass, rubber weed, mustard, pigweed, among others. Brown-capped Rosy-Finch lay 3 to 6 white eggs and incubate them for 12 to 14 days. The hatched nestlings are helpless with a sparse down.

Roseate spoonbill

The Roseate Spoonbill is a wading bird from Ibises and Spoonbills family native to South America and North America. The scientific name for this bird is Platalea ajaja.

Reseated Spoonbills have a football-shaped body and long legs. They have a long bill protruded from their small head and flattened into a spoon. When in flight, these birds outstretch their long necks and curl them into an S when perched. Roseate Spoonbills are pale pink with bright pink shoulders and rump and a white neck. The head is yellowish-green and partially feathered, and their eyes are red. Immature Roseate Spoonbills are paler pink overall and have a completely feathered head until they attain the breeding plumage. Roseate Spoonbills have an average weight of 1.2 to 1.8 kg and a length of 71 to 86 cm. the birds have a wingspan of 120 to 130 cm.

Roseate Spoonbills forage in the shallows of fresh, brackish, and marine waters like bays, mangroves, roadside ditches, and forested swamps, where they feed on aquatic invertebrates. Their diet consists of prawns, shrimp, aquatic insects, and fish. Roseate Spoonbills nest in trees and shrubs along the water edges, such as the mangrove, Brazilian pepper bush, sea myrtle, and willows. The birds lay 1 to 5 eggs that are whitish to pale green and covered with brown spots. Incubation takes 22 days, and nesting is 35 to 42 days. The chicks hatched have pink skin covered with white down.

Southern Carmine Bee-eater

The Southern Carmine Bee-eater is a small bird native to sub-equatorial Africa.  It is the largest of the southern African bee-eaters. The scientific name for this bird is Merops nubicoides.

Southern Carmine Bee-eaters are overall carmine with pinkish-red plumage. The upperparts are slightly duller than the lower parts. The birds have a crimson trunk, wings, and tail, and a turquoise forehead and face.  The lower back and rump of the Southern Carmine Bee-eater is light blue, and the eyes are dark with a black eye-line, mask, and a black bill. Juvenile southern Carmine Bee-eaters are duller and have shorter tails. Southern Carmine Bee-eaters have an average weight of 44 to 6 grams and a length of 24 to 27 centimeters.

Southern Carmine Bee-eaters are mainly found in low attitude river valleys, floodplains, sparsely wooded and bushy savannas. Their diet consists of bees and other flying insects such as dragonflies, butterflies, and locusts. They hunt by hawking flying insects from perch and removes their prey’s sting by repeatedly hitting them against a branch. They are known to be attracted to bush fires and are mostly seen circling high in the air to catch flushed insects. Southern Carmine Bee-eaters lay 2 to 5 eggs and incubate them for 20 to 21 days.  

White-winged Crossbill

The white-winged Crossbill, also known as the Two-barred Crossbill, is a medium-sized songbird in the finch family and native to North America, Northeast Europe, and North Asia. The scientific name for this bird is Loxia leucoptera.

White-winged Crossbills have slightly forked tails and heavy crisscrossed bills. Adult male white-winged crossbills are rose pink with black wings and tail and marked by two bold white wing bars. Females and immature Crossbills are yellowish with streaks on the back and belly and the same wing and tail pattern. One wing bar is often concealed and is rarely seen. Nestlings are usually brownish. White-winged Crossbills have an average weight of 24 to 26 grams and are 15 to 17 cm long. The birds have a wingspan of 26 to 28 cm.

White-winged Crossbills are mostly found in coniferous forests, and during migration, they can inhabit the hemlock forests, weedy fields, spruces, and backyards with bird feeders. The birds mostly feed on seeds of spruce, tamaracks, and fir, as well as insects, including the spruce budworm, cone worm, ants, spiders, and bugs. TheThe birds use the crisscrossed bill to separate scales on the pine cone and extract the seeds. White-winged Crossbills lay 2 to 4 bluish greens to white with dark speckles eggs and incubate them for 14 to 1 day.


Cassin’s Finch

Cassin’s Finch is a small songbird in the Fringillidae family. The scientific name for this bird is Haemorhous cassinii.

Cassin’s finches are stocky-looking finches with pecked heads, short-medium notched tails, and long straight-sided heavy bills. The birds have long wings that, when perched, the tips project farter down the tail than in other finches. Cassin’s Finch has streaked under tail coverts and has a thin white eye-ring. Adult male Cassin Finch is a rosy pink with an intense red on the crown. Female and non-breeding Cassin’s Finches are brown and black with crisps dark streaks on their chests and the underparts. Cassin Finch has an average weight of 24 to 34 grams and an average length of 16 cm. the wingspan of the bird is 25 to 27 cm.

Cassin’s Finch is mostly found in coniferous forests in altitudes of 3,000 to 10, 000feet. They live in the mature forests of lodgepole pine and ponderosa pine, Jeffrey pine, Douglas-fir, grand fir pinyon pine, and quaking aspen. These birds’ diets mainly consist of seeds, insects, and fruits such as cotoneaster berries, mulberries, firethorn berries, apples, and grapes. Cassin’s Finch lay 3 to 6 eggs and incubate them for 12 days. The eggs are light greenish-blue with black, purple, and brown speckles. Hatched chicks are covered in sooty gray down.

Pine Grosbeak

The Pine Grosbeak is a large member of the finch family native to northern Eurasia and North America. The scientific name for this Finch is Pinicola enucleator.

Pine Grosbeaks are large and plump with a round head and heavy chest. These birds have thick conical bills, which are stubbier than in other finches. The birds have long, slightly notched tails. They are relatively larger than a Cassin’s Finch but smaller than a Steller’s Jay. Pine grossbeaks have dark gray wings with two white wing bars. Male Pine Grosbeaks are reddish-pink and gray overall, while the female and immature birds are grayish with tints of reddish-orange or yellow on the head and rump. The amount of reddish-pink on the bellies of the male birds and that of the head and rump in female birds is variable. Pine Grossbeaks have an average weight of 52 to 78 grams and a length of 20 to 25 cm. the birds have an average wingspan of 33 cm.

Pine Grossbeaks mostly occur in the open evergreen forests with spruce, fir, or pine. During winters, the birds move to lower elevation areas with abundant mountain ash, maple, ash fruits, and seeds. The diet of these birds mainly consists of buds, seeds, and fruits. Pine Grosbeaks forage on the ground or in trees, grabbing seeds, fruits, and buds from the tips of tree branches. During summer, they also feed on insects and spiders. Pine Gross lay 3 to 4 pale blue with darker marking eggs and incubated them for 13 to 14 days. The chicks hatched are naked with a few downy feathers on the head and back.

Scarlet Ibis

The Scarlet Ibis is a medium-sized wading bird native to South America and parts of the Caribbean. The scientific name of this bird is Eudocimus rubber.

Scarlet Ibis has long, narrow and curved bills. They have long legs and long necks. The birds have bright pink plumage and black or pink bills. Immature Scarlet Ibis has dark upper parts and a white below. Their bills are pink in color. Scarlet Ibis have an average weight of 1.4 kgs and a length of 55 to 63 cm. the birds have an average wingspan of 54 cm.

Scalet Ibis mainly occur in wetlands and marshy habitats like mudflats, shorelines, and rainforests. Scalet Ibis feed mostly on beetles, insects, small fish, crayfish, shrimps, and amphibians. They forage by probing in the sand or under plants with their beak. Scarlet Ibis lay 3 to 5 eggs and incubate them for 19 to 23 days. The chicks are nested for 35 days.

Pink Robin

The pink robin is a small songbird in the Petroicidae family. The bird is endemic to southeastern Australia. The scientific name for this bird is Petroica rodinogaster.

Pink robins have small thin black bills and dark brown eyes and legs. Male Pink Robins are dark grey on and above their throats and pink on the belly and breast. The birds have dark tails. Female Pink Robins have a grey-brown plumage, and their tales are tinged with pink. Pink robins have an average weight of about 0.7 ounces and are approximately 4 centimeters long.

Pink robins breed and inhabit the wet temperate forests, grasslands, and farmlands and move to open habitats during winter. They feed mostly on flies, spiders, ants, and insects such as caterpillars, ichneumon wasps, and beetles. Pink Robins lay 3 to 4 eggs and incubate them for 15 to a16 days. The eggs are greyish, greenish, or bluish-white with dark brown and lavender spots.

The lilac-breasted Roller

The Lilac-breasted Roller is a small bird in the Roller family and the Coraciidae and is native to eastern and southern Africa. The scientific name for this bird is Coracias caudatus.  The birds are famous for their appearance as they have eight colors.

Lilac-breasted Rollers have a robust body and a large green head with a heavy black beak. Their tail is fork-like, syndactyl feet with the second and third toes fused together. The lower legs are bare, scaly, and yellowish. Some lilac-breasted Rollers have brown tinges on the lower abdomen, and others have a turquoise abdomen. Lilac-breasted Rollers, as their name suggests, have a lilac throat and a deeper lilac breast. The birds have an olive crown and mantle, and the cheeks and ear coverts are lilac-rufous. Male lilac-breasted Rollers are slightly larger than their female counterparts.  Breeding Lilac-breasted Rollers have long black outermost tail streamers. Lilac-breasted Rollers weigh approximately 104 grams and are 36 to 38 cm long. The birds have a wingspan of 50 to 58 cm.

Lilac-breasted Rollers occur at an altitude of up to 2,000 meters in the open savannah with scattered trees and shrubs. They are also found in roadsides and places with bush fires. Lilac-breasted rollers mainly feed on insects like beetles and grasshoppers, snails, scorpions, small rodents, and small birds. Lilac-breasted Rollers lay 3 to 4 eggs and incubate them for 22 to 24 days. The chicks are hatched naked and only grow feathers after 19 days.

Himalayan White-browed Rosefinch

The Himalayan White-browed Rosefinch is a medium-sized finch in the true finch family, the Carduelinae. The bird is native to South Asia in countries like Nepal, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Bhutan. The scientific name for this rosefinch is Carpodacus thura.

Himalayan White-browed Rosy finch has a conical bill and a long, slightly notched tail. The birds have pink cheeks, brow stripes, and underparts. Female white-browed Rosy-Finch has a streaked brown above and a streaked off-white below. They do not have the rusty breast patch present in males. These birds are almost similar to the Chinese White-browed Rosefinch. Himalayan White-browed Rosefinch has an average weight of 24 to 36 grams and a length of 17 to 18 cm.

Himalayan White-browed Rosefinch occurs in the temperate forests and temperate shrublands. These birds’ diets consist of seeds, berries, and buds.

Bourke’s Parrot

Also known as the pink-bellied Parrot, blue-vented Parrot, Bourke’s parakeet, or the Sundown parrot, the Bourke’s Parrot is a small parrot native to Australia. The scientific name for this bird is Neopsephotus bourkii. This bird is the only species of the Neopsephotus genus.

Bourke’s Parrot is overall brown in color with a pink abdomen, pinkish breast, and a blue rump. The legs are dark brown, reddish feathers, and the bill is yellowish-brown. Adult male Sundown Parrots have a blue forehead while the female has a little or non-blue forehead. Bourke’s Parrot has an average weight of 47 to 49 grams and a length of 18 to 23 cm.

Bourke’s parrots mainly occur in areas dominated by acacia, particularly the mulga acacia, native cypress, and open eucalypt woodlands. Their diet consists of grasses and seeds, which they forage from the ground and in bushes. They nest 1 to 3 meters above the ground in the hollow limbs of acacia trees. Bourke’s Parrot lay 3 to 6 eggs and incubate them for 18 to 19 days.

Great White Pelican

Also known as the eastern white Pelican, White Pelican, or the rosy Pelican, the great White Pelican is a large water bird in the pelican family. The scientific name for this bird is Pelecanus onocrotalus.

The great white Pelican has a white plumage that turns pink and a yellow patch on the breast. Primary feathers are black with white shafts at the base with paler tips and narrow fringes. The birds have a faint pink tinge on the neck and a yellowish base on the fore neck. A pinkish skin surrounds the forehead. The bill of this bird is mostly bluish-grey with a red tip. The birds have yellow-flesh to pinkish-orange.

Great white pelicans mostly occur in shallow warm freshwater. They can be found in brackish waters, lakes, deltas, lagoons, and marshes. The diet of White Pelicans mainly consists of fish. They also feed on chicks and other birds. Great white pelicans lay 1 to 4 eggs and incubate them for 29 to 36 days. The chicks are hatched naked but quickly sprout blackish-brown down.


Generally, the pink-colored birds are unique and eye-catching. They make the compound attractive and more fun, and therefore they are the ideal birds for someone looking for extraordinary color within their backyard.

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