Animal colors: Nature, and more specifically the animal kingdom, is full of wonderful animals like birds, amphibians, insects and mammals. They constitute a magnificent living spectacle with their amazing colors. In the natural world, animals widely use colors in competition, to attract a mate, and to camouflage against predators. 

Talking animal colors, there are animals that are red, animals that are orange, blue, green, yellow and even multicolored. These animals that bring a touch of fantasy to the landscape will be the subject of this article.

The best animal colors in the world

Colorful birds

The Rainbow Lorikeet (Trichoglossus haematodus)

The Rainbow Lorikeet
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The Rainbow Lorikeet (Trichoglossus haematodus) is a species of bird that we mainly found in Oceania, in the city or in the countryside. This colorful bird is the loudest and the most talkative of all parrots. He is also the most colorful species of the genus Trichoglossus with his colorful plumage, blue head, green neck and orange beak. Moreover, this wonderful parrot leaves in very large colonies but has only one partner to whom he remains faithful until his death. 

The scarlet macaw (Ara macao)

The scarlet macaw
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The scarlet macaw (Ara macao) is a member of a large group of Neotropical parrots we call macaws. This bird can earn the title of “the most beautiful animal in the world” thanks to its colorful plumage help it blend in with the brightly colored fruits and flowers. Usually, the plumage is bright red and the wings have yellow covert feathers with green tips and blue flight feathers. This smart bird is the largest parrot in the world about 90 cm long and 1 kg weighs. Unfortunately, this species suffers from illegal trade which threatened it through the destruction of its habitat. 

Colorful insects

Rosy maple moth (Dryocampa rubicunda)

Rosy maple moth
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Rosy maple moth (Dryocampa rubicunda) is a colorful insect we found exclusively in North America. It is absolutely among the beautiful animals that are yellow and pink. They are also recognized as the most beautiful of all moths by some insect lovers. In addition, the cute pink and yellow colors of this colorful insect and its small furry body make it look like a plush. However, you should know that its coloring is variable and that its pinkish hue varies from insect to insect, covering all of both wings in some individuals, but not at all in others.

Peacock spider (Maratus volans)

Peacock spider
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Peacock spider (Maratus volans) is a small jumping spider belonging to the Salticidae family. This colorful spider is endemic to Australia and it is absolutely the prettiest animal in the world. The abdomen of the male has very splendid colors: blue, red, green, and yellow. In addition to its attractive colors, the Maratus mâle likes to engage in a bridal dance to seduce the female spider. 

More animal colors

Colorful fish

Mandarinfish (Synchiropus splendidus)

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Mandarinfish (Synchiropus splendidus), named also the Cashemere fish, is an amazingly colored small fish. This fish of the dragonet family lives in coral reefs in particular the sheltered lagoons of the Indo-Pacific Ocean. These colourful animals are characterized by big protruding eyes and a bright color. This makes them particularly popular with aquarists. Furthermore, the males of this species are larger than the females and have a long front dorsal fin.


Parrotfish - biodiscov
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Parrotfish is a marine bony fish species belonging to the Scaridae family. We can find this species in the western Pacific, North of the Great Reef Barrier. It frequents the coral reefs alone or in small groups. Moreover, the name Parrotfish comes from the color of this fish as well as the welded teeth in the shape of a beak like that of the parrot. Then, juveniles and females of this species are dull while males have exciting bright green and blue colors.

Colorful amphibians

The strawberry poison frog (Oophaga pumilio)

strawberry poison frog
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The strawberry poison frog (Oophaga pumilio), named also strawberry poison-dart frog or blue jeans poison frog is a species of small poison dart frog. We found this frog in the rainforests of the Caribbean coast of Central America. Furtheremore, this slender frog with bilateral symmetry shows an impressive array of color morphs across its distribution in Central America. Moreover, this creature is one of the red coloured animals with some small black spots above the body. 

Colorful reptiles

The panther chameleon (Furcifer pardalis)

The panther chameleon - animal colors
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The panther chameleon (Furcifer pardalis) is a species of chameleon found in the eastern and northern parts of Madagascar. The island of Madagascar is rich in a diversity of unique species hence the chameleons which constitute more than 200 species. We know these reptiles by the change in the color of their skin. Indeed, this is a reflection of their mood in their social interactions and not particularly a camouflage technique. Moreover, the panther chameleon has very spectacular colors with green dominance for the males and brown dominance for the females.

Colorful primates (rare animal colors)

The mandrill (Mandrillus sphinx)

The mandrill - animal colors
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The mandrill (Mandrillus sphinx) is a species of monkey in the order Primates and family Cercopithecidae. It is native to west-central Africa. Indieed, this is the most colorful monkey on the planet and a very rare creature. Moreover, these animal colors, its blue and red face and puffy rump take on an even brighter hue when the animal is excited. Unfortunately, hunting and habitat loss throughout equatorial Africa threaten this colorful animal.