Purple Animals

Despite being almost unbelievable, there are real purple animals in the wild. No known mammals have this color, as the pigment that generates this color does not occur naturally in the wild. It is more common in underwater life, like sea slugs, sea stars, and certain fish. Birds with this hue also occur.

The reasons behind this color may vary. The bright colors may help to attract a mate or act as a warning to predators. Male birds like Costa’s hummingbird and the violet-crowned woodnymph have bright purple plumage to court their more drab-looking female counterparts. As purple is the most visible color, especially at the ocean’s depths, several invertebrates display this color seeking to deter predators.

Purple Animals

List of Purple Animals


  • Costa’s Hummingbird
  • Japanese Paradise Flycatcher
  • Purple Gallinule
  • Purple Glossy Starling
  • Purple Grenadier
  • Purple Honeycreeper
  • Purple Martin
  • Purple-breasted Cotinga
  • Purple-crested Turaco
  • Splendid Sunbird
  • Varied Bunting
  • Velvet-purple Coronet
  • Violet Sabrewing
  • Violet-backed Starling
  • Violet-crowned Woodnymph


  • Indian Purple Frog


  • Eastern Indigo Snake


  • Agathina Emperor
  • Blue Pleasing Fungus Beetle
  • Huge Violet Ground Beetle
  • Purple Emperor
  • Purple Jewel Beetle
  • Violet Ground Beetle


  • Blue Dragon
  • Felimare picta
  • Glutinous Snail
  • Magnificent Sea Anemone
  • Ochre Sea Star
  • Palawan Purple Crab
  • Purple Sea Slug
  • Purple Sea Snail
  • Purple Sea Urchin
  • Purple Shore Crab
  • Spanish Shawl
  • Stubby Squid
  • West African Fiddler Crab


  • Orchid Dotty Back
  • Purple Firefish
  • Purple-lined Wrasse
  • Royal Gramma
  • Splendid Dottyback
  • Twospined Angelfish
  • Yellowstriped Fairy Basslet