Long-tailed Birds

Around the world, it isn’t uncommon to see birds with long tails. The purpose of these tails varies from species to species, some use them to steer while flying, some balance themselves while sitting on branches, and other birds use them to attract a mate. Regardless of the reasons, these long-tailed birds are incredibly eye-catching and stand out.

Long-tailed Birds

Different Types of Long-tailed Birds

Here’s a list of birds known for having long tails, arranged in order of the length of their tails.

Species of BirdTail Length (in inches)Where are They Originally From?
Reeves’s Pheasant94-95Central and Eastern China
Malayan Crested Argus68Malaysia
Vietnamese Crested Argus68Vietnam and Laos 
Great Argus41-56Parts of Southeast Asia, like Borneo, Sumatra, and the Malay Peninsula
Ribbon-tailed Astrapia39Papua New Guinea
Indian Peafowl38-44Indian Subcontinent
Greater Bird-of-Paradise36Aru Islands in Indonesia and southwest New Guinea
Lesser Racket-tailed Drongo31-46Southeast Asia, including  Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Thailand, and Vietnam
Lady Amherst’s Pheasant31Ranges from northern Myanmar to southwestern China
Superb Lyrebird28Southeastern Australia, from Victoria to Queensland
Golden Pheasant24-31Western China
Scarlet Macaw24Central and South America, including Belize, Bolivia, Guatemala, Panama, Mexico, El Salvador, and Honduras 
Common Pheasant20The Balkan region, ranging from mainland China and Taiwan to Siberia
Long-tailed Widowbird20Angola, Kenya, Zaire, Botswana, and South Africa
Long-tailed Paradise Whydah14Sub-Saharan Africa, including Cameroon, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Uganda, and Kenya
White-tailed Tropicbird13-18Islands dotted in the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Oceans
Taiwan Blue Magpie13-17Taiwan
Resplendent Quetzal12-40Ranging from Panama to Mexico
Long-tailed Hawk12-15Central and Western Africa, including Angola, Central African Republic, Central African Republic, South Sudan, and Uganda
Alexandrine Parakeet11-14Southern and Southeast Asia, including Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, India, Laos, Nepal, Vietnam, and Thailand
Fork-tailed Flycatcher11-12Central Mexico to Argentina
White-bellied Go-away Bird9.4-9.8Eastern Africa, especially around the Horn of Africa
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher9Northern Mexico and parts of the United States
Eurasian Goshawk8-12Throughout Europe, except for Iceland and Ireland, as well as parts of Asia belonging to the Himalayas, including China, India, Japan, and Nepal 
White-throated Magpie-jay8-11Ranging from Jalisco in Mexico to Guanacaste in Costa Rica
Turquoise-browed Motmot8-9Central America from Costa Rica to Mexico
Speckled Mousebird7-8Ranging from eastern to southern Africa, including  Cameroon, Eritrea, Ethiopia,  South Africa, Tanzania, etc.
Greater Racket-tailed Drongo6-7Indian subcontinent, as well as Borneo and Java
Peregrine Falcon5-8Worldwide
Marvelous Spatuletail4-5Peru
Red-billed Streamertail4-5Jamaica
Black-billed Streamertail4-5Eastern Jamaica
Wilson’s Bird-of-Paradise1-2Indonesia


1. Which birds with long tail feathers are considered to be exotic?

Long-tailed Widowbird, Ribbon-tailed Astrapia, Greater Bird-of-Paradise, etc

2. Which birds have two long tail feathers?

Ribbon-tailed Astrapia, Red-billed Streamertail, Marvelous Spatuletail, etc

3. Which birds of prey have long tails?

Long-tailed Hawk, Peregrine Falcon, Eurasian Goshawk, etc

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