If you look up wherever you go, you’ll see green birds of all sorts!
Have you seen the green parrots in Brazil? How about the green toucans and hummingbirds in Costa Rica?
It’s like they’re following us. It’s a good thing we can take photos and videos of them to share with everyone else who doesn’t get to see these amazing birds with green plumage firsthand.
This blog post shares some of our favorite small green birds from around the world so that even those at home can enjoy their beauty as well!
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10 Green Birds All Around The World
1. Green-Breasted Mango Hummingbird
The green-breasted mango hummingbird is a species of hummingbird in the Trochilidae family. It is commonly found along the coasts of Mexico and in Central America, but sightings of immature mango hummingbirds have been documented in the United States. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests and plantations.
They measure 10-12cm long. The male has bright-green upperparts, matte black throat and chest area, and bright green flanks. The female has bronze-green upperparts and mostly white underparts with a dark central stripe that changes from black to blue-green.
The green-breasted mango hummingbird is known to be active mostly during the mornings and evenings, but also feeds in hot weather conditions. It is known to have a diet consisting of insects, spiders and other arthropods while also feeding on nectar, pollen and sometimes small seeds. It can feed while hovering or perching and flies only at short distances from its original place. After breeding and feeding, it returns to rest on a branch or leaves of a tree or shrub.
2. Lesser Green Broadbill
Lesser Green Broadbills are small green birds that feed largely on figs. They have a distinctive voice, which starts with a whistle and ends with a rattle. The Lesser Green Broadbill is native to the island of Borneo. It is also found in Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand.
These wild green birds are found in lowland forests, although they will occasionally move into nearby plantations. They make their nests in tree hollows about 100 feet off of the ground, like to live near water, and can be found in areas where rivers meet the ocean.
3. Blue-naped Chlorophonia
The Blue-naped Chlorophonia is distributed throughout the New World tropics from southeastern Peru south through western Brazil to eastern Bolivia and west central Paraguay. It also occurs widely on both slopes of the Andes in Colombia. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist highland forests, swamps, and sometimes nearby gardens and parks
The Blue-naped Chlorophonia is a small bird, with a total length ranging from 13–14 cm (5.2–5.4 in). The small green bird weighs around 15g. It is unlikely to be confused with any other species except Blue-and-yellow Tanager (which lacks yellow on its belly and has a contrasting black cap).
4. Northern Lapwing
Northern Lapwings are also known as Peewits or Green Plovers. It can grow to around 33 cm in length, with a wingspan of 67–87 cm. They have long reddish legs and a short dark bill. The upperparts are brownish-green, and the underparts white.
They have a crest on top of their head that they can raise or lay down depending on how far they want to emphasize it. As with other waders, lapwings will lower themselves into a crouch when they sense danger.
The Northern Lapwing’s range spans over much of Europe and Asia. They are found mainly on dry open lowlands. They breed on arable farms and short vegetation habitats. They prefer to eat insects but will also take seeds or other small invertebrates.
When they see a large predator, lapwings fly up in the air so that they can easily be seen–this is called an ‘alarm display‘. They have a large range but are facing a population decline due to land use, hunting and predators.
5. Green Parakeet
Green Parakeets are a large and diverse group of Psittaciformes (parrot) species, with many different types. They are found in North and Central America and are small to large in size with a slender body shape. Green parakeets have long pointed wings and tails, as well as a yellow beak with a curved upper mandible.
These green birds in the wild eat fruits, berries and seeds. They are threatened by capture for the pet trade, habitat loss, and degradation due to agricultural and logging activities.
6. Violet-green Swallow
Violet-green Swallows are widely distributed over much of North America. They are distributed from Alaska to Mexico and Montana to Texas.
The Violet-green Swallow is a medium-sized swallow that measures 5¾ inches long and has a wingspan of 10.6 inches. It has blue-green upperparts with a coppery sheen. The throat and breast are tawny white with green streaking, while the belly is pure white. The tail is long and deeply forked. There is a dark band at the end of the tail that can be seen when it’s in flight. Its iris is bright red, and the legs and feet are black.
These swallows usually breed in deciduous and coniferous forests. They nest in tree holes, but are also widely seen nesting in the cracks of large cliffs. The green birds forage for insects while flying low to capture flying insects.
7. Green jay
The green jay is a passerine bird of the New World jays of the Corvidae (crow) family, which makes it a relative of crows and ravens. It lives in forests, savannas and orchards across South America and Central America.
Green jays have a green body with a blue and black head, neck, wings and tail. Males and females look alike. The green jay is an opportunistic feeder which eats a wide variety of plant material and small animals, including fruits, seeds, insects and small vertebrates. This green bird species commonly nests in cavities but will readily accept artificial nest boxes.
8. Green Bee-eater
The Green Bee-eater, is a medium-sized bird that lives in the grasslands and savannas of sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. It can be found from Senegal to Kenya to Angola and from coastal southern Iran to Vietnam. Green Bee-eaters are named after their preferred diet of flying insects, such as bees, wasps and ants. They live together in breeding pairs or small groups of 5 to 9 birds.
Their large, round head and flat, broad beak make Green Bee-eaters well suited to catching insects off the ground. Their bodies are bright green above and yellow below. Green Bee-eaters have two color phases. Green Bee-eaters are born with dark brown crowns, which turn green over time and have long tails that are blue above and black below.
9. Golden-fronted Leafbird
The Golden-fronted Leafbird is a species of bird in the Chloropseidae family. It is mostly found in the Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forest and swamps.
It is a small leafbird, about 14 cm long and similar in size to Golden-fronted Chloropsis. The body plumage is mostly green with black head sides and golden frontal band, although this latter feature varies between the mainly golden- or blue-fronted populations. Males and females are almost indistinguishable to the unaided eye, although brighter, well-camouflaged males might be favored by natural selection.
10. Green kingfisher
Green Kingfishers are found throughout Central America and down the western coast to South America. Green kingfishers build nests above water in tunnels that generally lead from the ground up into a tree. These nests can reach lengths of 30 to 40 inches.
Green kingfishers feed on fish, frogs and other aquatic animals that they find along waterways or in lowland areas surrounding rivers or lakes. They can be identified by a large white stripe over their neck and a bright green head and back. The Green Kingfisher also has an orange throat and a long, dark bill.
The world is a beautiful place, and the variety of animals we share it with will always amaze us. From these 10 amazing green birds all around the world to other species that make up this incredible ecosystem, there are so many things for us to see and appreciate as humans on earth. We hope you enjoy our list of 10 cool green birds from around the globe.