If you’re a birder, you probably have your own opinion of what are the 12 most beautiful birds in Texas and you’re right because beauty is in the eye of the beholder!
Here are what Cliff Shackelford, an ornithologist for Texas Parks & Wildlife, in an article in Texas Parks & Wildlife Magazine considers his choice for the most beautiful birds in Texas.
With crisp, solid hues of black, white, and red, this bird steals the show with color and chutzpah.
Hard to beat the violet-green swallow as its green-purple topside feathers contrast with a snow-white belly.
The beauty of this bird is the way it flies gracefully and effortlessly through the ski.
The official state bird of Oklahoma, it’s peachy sides and flowing tail make for a beautiful sight.
They have varying shades of purple and blue on the bill and straw colored plumes.
A simple black and white bird with cinnamon sides but the all white rounded crest steals the show.
To attract this bird, fill you bird feeder with four parts water to one part sugar.
A beautiful purple and what appears to be an ability to walk on water.
Often called “fool’s quail” the male is spectacular and can be easily observed in the Davis Mountains.
A distinctive song this tiny songbird of East Texas’ hardwood forests.
Le Conte’s Sparrow
The LeConte’s broad, buff eyebrow and intricate ring around the collar make this guy distinctive.
Hard to see, the Black-Capped Vireo is shy and sticks to the shrubs.