One of the top reasons people watch birds is because birds are so beautiful. In keeping with that theme, here are some of our top picks for the list of the 10 most beautiful birds found in the ABA (American Birding Association) Checklist Area. Painted Bunting makes the list because it's so colorful. We sometimes call it the Monet Bird, because it has all the colors of an artist's palette. It's my favorite bird and that's why it graces the cover of our national guide, The Stokes Field Guide to the Birds of North America (which is coming out as regional editions, The New Stokes Field Guide to Birds: Eastern and Western Region on March 26th). It's hard to narrow down the list to 10 birds, since there are sooo many beautiful birds.
The Blackburnian Warbler is the flame of beauty