Red Birds

Red birds tend to stand out due to their bright coloration. This is something developed over time by them thanks to evolution as these birds’ brilliant plumage helps communicate that they are healthy and fit. In turn, this helps convey their reproductive suitability to any potential mates and ward off competition from other suitors.

These birds do not naturally produce the red color displayed by their feathers. Instead, they consume food, like red berries, containing carotenoids that have red pigments. Usually, carotenoids give off a yellow or orange coloration, but the birds possess certain enzymes that turn the stains from yellow to red.

Some common red birds include flamingoes, finches, tanagers, and, of course, cardinals. However, rare birds like macaws, robins, teals, warblers, and flycatchers also display various shades of red.

Red Birds

List of Birds That Are Red

  • ‘I’iwi
  • American Flamingo
  • American Robin
  • Andean Cock-of-the-Rock
  • Andean Flamingo
  • Apapane 
  • Australian King-parrot
  • Black Rosy-finch
  • Brazilian Tanager
  • Brown-capped Rosy-finch
  • Cassia Crossbill
  • Cassin’s Finch
  • Chestnut Munia
  • Chilean Flamingo
  • Cinnamon Teal
  • Common Chaffinch
  • Common Redpoll
  • Common Rosefinch
  • Crimson Finch
  • Crimson Rosella
  • Crimson Sunbird
  • Elegant Trogon
  • Eurasian Bullfinch
  • European Goldfinch
  • Flame-colored Tanager
  • Gray-crowned Rosy-finch
  • Greater Flamingo
  • Hepatic Tanager
  • Hoary Redpoll
  • House Finch
  • James’s Flamingo
  • Lesser Flamingo
  • Northern Cardinal
  • Northern Carmine Bee-eater
  • Northern Red Bishop
  • Painted Bunting
  • Painted Redstart
  • Pine Grosbeak
  • Purple Finch
  • Pyrrhuloxia
  • Red Avadavat
  • Red Crossbill
  • Red Phalarope
  • Red Warbler
  • Red-and-green Macaw
  • Red-bellied Woodpecker
  • Red-billed Firefinch
  • Red-breasted Sapsucker
  • Red-capped Cardinal
  • Red-crested Cardinal
  • Red-faced Warbler
  • Red-headed Woodpecker
  • Red-hooded Tanager
  • Red-naped Sapsucker
  • Red-winged Crossbill
  • Ringed Kingfisher
  • Roseate Spoonbill
  • Rose-breasted Grosbeak
  • Rose-throated Becard
  • Scarlet Flycatcher
  • Scarlet Ibis 
  • Scarlet Macaw
  • Scarlet Tanager 
  • Siberian Rubythroat
  • Summer Tanager
  • Two-barred Crossbill
  • Vermilion Flycatcher
  • Western Tanager
  • White-winged Crossbill
  • White-winged Tanager

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