The beauty of nature is astounding, and there are some animals that amaze us with their beauty. The following list of 10 most beautiful animals in the world takes a look at some amazing creatures from all around the globe. While many people might think that it’s hard to narrow down what makes an animal “beautiful” this list will show you just how diverse the definition can be!
Beautiful animals are a beautiful part of the natural world. They reveal the marvels of evolution. This article will highlight ten animals that are sure to capture your imagination.
You won’t be able to recognize all the animals on this list. Although some may be familiar, there are approximately nine million species in nature (although only a 1.5million have been identified). Beauty does not stop at the hundreds of animals most people are able to identify.
We will share some fun facts about each animal. These animals have amazing anatomical and color combinations, whether they are here for survival or mating.
1. Mandarin Fish
Mandarin fish swims in the south-west Pacific Ocean, near Australia, Taiwan, and The Philippines. The mandarin fish’s color palette is very similar to the colors worn by a bureaucrat or Imperial Chinese mandarin. The blue color is a unique cellular pigment. The mandarin fish measures only 6 cm in length. It lives in isolated lagoons and reefs and eats small crustaceans.
2. Fennec Fox
The North African and Saharan fennec Foxes are both native to Africa. The fennec fox’s ears are up to 15cm long. They are heat-sensing and enable the animal to find subterranean prey. Fennec foxes are a nocturnal species that hunt small mammals, birds and insects at night.
Fennec foxes can live to 14 years old and reach 40 cm in length, including its tail of 30 cm. The eagle owl is their natural predator and they can bark, purr and snarl. This fox can change its direction quickly and is agile enough to avoid being prey or being captured. Algeria’s national animal is the fox.
3. Black-backed Kingfisher
The length of the black-backed kingfisher is approximately 13 cm. It is found in Southeast Asia and India near rivers and streams in well-shaded wooded areas. Kingfishers will eat small lizards and frogs along the riverside, as well as insects and snails.
The black-backed kingfisher creates tunnel-like nests in riverbank walls when the monsoon rains come. These nests can measure up to one meter long and take over a week to dig. Both the male and female kingfishers incubate a clutch of eggs, usually 4 to 5, which hatch after 17 days.
4. Zanzibar Red Colobus
The Zanzibar red colonbus is a monkey that only lives on Zanzibar (an island off Tanzania’s coast), East Africa. Their number is less than 3000 in the wild. People in Zanzibar have negative views about the animal and refer to them as “poison monkeys” because of their peculiar smell. They can live in groups up to 50 people, with a 1:2 ratio of males and females. The red colobus consumes all leaves, seeds, and flowers it finds in forests, swamps, and coastal areas. Unripe fruits are also eaten by the red colobus because they can’t break down sugars in ripe fruits. They have been known to eat charcoal to aid in digestion.
The name felis caracal, or the caracal (Felis Caracal), comes from the Turkish word kara kulak which means “black ear”. It can live in many habitats thanks to a variety of adaptations. It has long, flexible, and tufted ears. These enable it to hear even the smallest sounds and its powerful hind legs allow it to jump several meters in the air to catch birds.
The caracal can also eat small mammals, gazelles, reptiles, and other animals. It can grow to about a meter in length and have a tail that measures 30 cm. It is adapted to semi-desert conditions and has specialized footpads. Caracals are not good pets, despite their beauty.
6. Candy Crab
The Hoplophrys candy crab is a monotypic species, which means it does not have any closely related species. It can grow to 2 cm in length and camouflages itself in bright colors to match coral, which forms its habitat. The crab can also turn pink, yellow, or white. It is found in the Indian and Pacific Oceans.
The candy crab, despite its name, is not a fan of being eaten. Sometimes, it attaches bits of coral (polyps), to improve its camouflage. Candy crabs eat plankton that has snagged coral in the ocean habitat (i.e. saltwater), but they can also survive in fresh and on-ground water.
7. Swallow-Tailed Hummingbird
The east and central South American home of the swallow-tailed honeyeater is East and Central South America. It is attracted to semi-open spaces, sparse forests, beaches, gardens, and coastal areas. However, it will not tolerate dense rainforests. The bird has a long, forked tail, which makes up half of its 16 cm length.
The plumage of the swallow-tailed Hummingbird is a mix of purple, blue and green. It flaps at about 20 beats per minute, which allows it to hover while eating flower nectar. They can be aggressive and will pester or dive-bomb other birds.
8. Poison Dart Frog
The poison dart-frog (pictured Dendrobates aureus) lives in South and Central American rainforests and can grow to 1.5-6 cm in length. The poisonous secretions of the frog were used by indigenous people to poison blow-dart tips, thus the name. Medical trials are currently looking into the possibility that these secretions could also be used to relax muscles, suppress appetite, or stimulate the heart.
Bright colors in poison dart frogs form “aposematic patterns”, which are used to repel predators and suggest unpalatable toxicity. There are approximately 175 species of poison darts frog that are closely related. They vary in size and coloration. The dendrobates group has 5 of the most colorful species.
The tiger is the biggest and most striking of all the big cats. They can reach a length of 3.9m and can weigh more than 300 kg. The average lifespan of a Tiger is 26 years. However, all six subspecies (Bengal Siberian Sumatran Malayan Sumatran Sumatran Sumatran Malayan, Indochinese, Indochinese, Indochinese, Indochinese, Indochinese, Indochinese, Indochinese, Indochinese, Malayan, and South China tigers), are in danger with less than 4,000. The Siberian tiger is the most widespread, while the Bengal Tigris is the largest.
In India, Southeast Asia, and Siberia, Tigers are found. The striped fur of tigers serves as camouflage and concealment in their natural habitat, which is long grasses and wooded areas. They hunt alone at night. Their skin is not the same as the above and no two tigers have identical stripes.
10. Sunset Moth
Collectors are attracted to the Madagascan sunset Moth, a highly colorful lepidopteran. The partially reflective, curving scales on the wings of the moth cause the moth to scatter light and create an asymmetrical pattern.
Sunset moths can reach a height of 11 cm. They are mistaken for butterflies because of their tails and color. Bright aposematic colors alert predators to their toxic nature. The moth’s chrysalis, on the other hand, looks more like a corpse. The Malagasy believe that the emerging moth is the soul of their deceased ancestors.
Why are some animals more colorful than others?
Beautiful animals are more colorful than the white tigers, despite their striking appearance. These colors are not meant to inspire wonder and amazement in humans. They have specific purposes and causes.
PigmentsPigments are color chemicals found in animal tissues. They absorb certain colors of light and reflect other colors (those that we see). Common pigment is melanin. The pigments that are used to color the fur and feathers of the most beautiful animals, other than the brown or dark melanins that give mammals their earth tones, are not synthesized by most animals.
Complex pigments are often used for self-defense and mating displays. Take this example:
CamouflageCamouflage can make animals difficult to see if you don’t look closely enough. Camouflage can help animals that are predators (e.g. tigers) stay hidden from their prey. Camouflage is helpful for animals that are prey, such as candy crabs.
AposematismExotic colors are used by some animals to warn predators they may be toxic (having absorbed naturally toxic chemicals). Two examples are the poison dart frog and sunset moth. Both the predator and the animal are protected by aposematism. The latter applies only if the prey is toxic. Sometimes, an animal may have evolved to look like a toxic animal in order to help it.
Mating displaysThe most popular use of color in mating displays are when birds display feathers. As they catch the sunlight, feathers can create dazzling metallic and iridescent effects. These courtship dances showcase the birds’ stunning plumage to potential mates.
Beautiful Animals that have gone extinct
Some stunning animals are gone. These animals include the Tasmanian Tiger, the saber-toothed cat and the Pinta Island tortoise. They were all driven to extinction through habitat loss and hunting.
We are currently experiencing mass extinction due to human impacts on the environment and climate. Many of the animals mentioned above could soon be extinct. Although conservation efforts are being made, it is often a losing battle.
The beauty of nature is astounding, and there are some animals that amaze us with their beauty. This list highlights ten beautiful creatures from all around the world. Which animal on this list do you think most embodies your definition of “beautiful”? What other animals would make it onto your top 10?