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Long-tailed royal tyrant (Tyrannus forficatus). In the photo, youth))

A species of songbirds from the tyrannous family.

In adults, the head is light gray and the beak is dark, the chest and belly are light with salmon-pink sides. The back and wings are dark gray. Adult birds have a characteristic long, forked tail. In males it reaches 38 cm in length, in females it is 30% shorter. Wingspan 15 cm, average weight 43 grams. Young birds are less colorful and have a shorter tail.

The long-tailed royal tyrant lives in open shrublands in south-central Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, western Louisiana, Arkansas and Missouri, in northeastern Mexico. For wintering, birds migrate in flocks of up to 1000 individuals. The wintering region covers the territory from the south of Mexico to Panama.

They feed mainly on insects (grasshoppers, flies and dragonflies), waiting for prey on the roost. As a rule, they catch insects in the air. Also, berries can be included in the diet of birds. Birds build nests in lonely trees or bushes, or on artificial objects such as telephone poles near settlements.

The clutch contains from three to six eggs. Both parents are involved in feeding. Like other members of the family, tyrants aggressively defend their nests.

14. Long-tailed velvet weaver

Long-tailed velvet weavers (Euplectes progne) are South African birds, so named for their almost entirely black coloration and of course their extremely long tail. Six to eight of their tail feathers grow to over 50 centimeters - about three times the length of the bird's body. In this original way, males of this species demonstrate health and physical fitness.

The researchers found that male birds with longer tails were more popular with females.

13. Thick-billed azure magpie

The thick-billed azure magpie (Urocissa caerulea) belongs to the crow family. However, unlike its counterparts, this is a brighter bird. The adorable azure magpie is not afraid of people.

She is a symbol of Taiwan, therefore, in foreign literature, this bird is often called the Taiwanese magpie.

They are usually found in groups of six or more and jump along the branches of trees in the forest. They are well-known scavengers and omnivores. Their diet includes snakes, rodents, small insects, plants, fruits and seeds. Their favorite foods are wild figs and papaya. They hide the remains of food on the ground, covering them with leaves in order to return in the future and finish the meal.

Azure magpie is monogamous. Females incubate eggs, and males help build nests and feed. Magpies fiercely defend their nests and will ruthlessly attack intruders until they retreat.

12. Astrapia

Speaking of birds with beautiful plumage, one cannot fail to mention the astrapia (Astrapia mayeri). Males develop two unusually long tail feathers. They can grow up to 91 cm in length. Astrapia has the longest tail feathers in relation to body size.

Found in the western part of the central highlands of Papua New Guinea, this species is listed as an endangered animal. All the fault is all the same tails of males, for which people are actively hunting.

11. Blue-headed magnificent bird of paradise

Delightful tails don't have to be exceptionally long - they can also be exceptionally well shaped. This is the case with the tail of the blue-headed magnificent bird of paradise (Cicinnurus respublica).

The bird's unusual appearance, starting with its naked blue head, is made even more interesting by two purple tail feathers that curl in opposite directions. The bird was photographed in the wild for the first time as recently as 1996.

10. Big bird of paradise

Many representatives of the family of birds of paradise have bizarre plumage. However, few can match the large bird of paradise (Paradisaea apoda). The plumage of males of this species is dark brown in color, with a yellow crown, a dark emerald green throat, and a blackish brown breast. They have large yellow plumes on their sides and a pair of long tail wire feathers.

Females are also dark brown with a darker head and lighter abdomen and a yellow or white beak. These birds feed mainly on fruits, seeds and small insects. The length of the Great Birds of Paradise can reach 43 cm. It is not for nothing that they are called big!

9. Pennant-tailed hummingbird

Even the smallest birds will go to great lengths to show off their fancy tails. The pennant-tailed hummingbird (Trochilus polytmus) is one such bird. Sometimes this bird is also called "scissor-tailed hummingbird". The reason for the alternate name is obvious.

Males sport tail feathers ranging from six to 18 centimeters long, while their bodies are only about 11.5 centimeters long. When the bird flies, the ribbon-like tail feathers hover and emit a buzzing sound. This species is the national bird of Jamaica.

8. Liddogesia

When it comes to unusual feather designs, Loddigesia mirabilis sets the bar quite high. And this despite the fact that they do not have so many feathers in their tail. Males have only four tail feathers, two of which are elongated, criss-cross and end in bright purple discs that look like a shovel or a tennis racket. The feathers are used to stand out from other birds.

7. Paradise Drongo

Loddigesia is not the only bird species to have tail endings that look like small tennis rackets. The drongo of paradise (Dicrurus paradiseus) with the same flat tips is a medium-sized bird from Asia. Due to the fancy tail from afar, the flight of the drongo is more like the pursuit of two large bees after a black bird.

Drongos are aggressive and sometimes attack larger birds, especially when they nest. These birds show increased activity at dusk. Their calls are extremely varied and include monotonously repeating whistles, metallic and nasal sounds, as well as more complex imitations of other birds. Scientists say that for this, drongos study the behavior of other birds in flocks. This is a very unusual ability not found in other species.

6. Long-tailed royal tyrant

The long-tailed royal tyrant (Tyrannus forficatus) is also sometimes called the Texas bird of paradise. Both males and females have long tails, but females' tails are generally 30% shorter.

They usually like to sit outdoors, such as on barbed wire fences. Tyrannas can be easily recognized by their extremely long tails, which also help them perform acrobatic numbers in pursuit of insects.

5. Kwezal

This beauty is found in the southernmost parts of North America and Central America. The quetzal (Pharomachrus mocinno) is a key character in Mesoamerican mythology, and is the national bird of Guatemala.

The long tail feathers of males can grow up to 66 cm. Mesoamerican rulers wore headdresses made from quesal feathers. Feathers were plucked from live birds, and then the birds were released again, because it was considered a crime to kill them. They were and still are highly respected.

4. Paradise widow

These sparrow relatives have long, straight tail feathers that make them stand out anywhere. Widows of paradise (Vidua paradisaea) are brood parasites, that is, females lay eggs in the nests of another species of bird. New parents raise these self-styled chicks, often at the expense of their own children.

The tail feathers of males are about three body lengths in length, but males flaunt them only during the breeding season. Out of the breeding season, males look almost identical to females.

3. Big bird-lyre

Best of all about the big bird-lyre (Menura novaehollandiae) says the literal translation of its English name - "magnificent lyrebird", because her tail feathers are amazing. Males take about seven years to grow their tail to maximum beauty.

To showcase his stunning feathers, the male of this Australian bird unfolds 16 tail feathers over his head, forming a kind of canopy. But even without this posturing, the tail of the lyre bird is a miracle of natural beauty.

2. Brown momot

Brown momot (Eumomota superciliosa) was discovered in Central America. Like the royal tyrant, Momot loves to sit outdoors. This makes it fairly easy to spot and admire its black and bright blue feathers. Both males and females have beautiful tails with two longer feathers that end in a flattened diamond, like drongo or liddogesia.

1. Peacock

The peacock (Pavo Linnaeus) is the bird with the most beautiful tail of all birds. This bird is known all over the world for its fan of rainbow tail feathers, which make up 60% of its total body length.

The peacock not only has long feathers that boast an "eye" at the end. The tail also features a set of 20 smaller tail feathers that help support other feathers when the bird shows its tail.

While colorful display is an essential component of peacocks' appeal, there is also a subspecies of the white peacock, which has all white feathers. These are not albino birds, but just a genetic mutation that makes them white and they produce white offspring. Perhaps this is even for the best: so they are very similar to fabulous birds.

Description

In adults, the head is light gray and the beak is dark, the chest and belly are light with salmon-pink sides. The back and wings are dark gray. Adult birds have a characteristic long, forked tail. In males it reaches 38 cm in length, in females it is 30% shorter. Wingspan 15 cm, average weight 43 grams. Young birds are less colorful and have a shorter tail.

The long-tailed royal tyrant lives in open shrublands in south-central Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, western Louisiana, Arkansas and Missouri, in northeastern Mexico. For wintering, birds migrate in flocks of up to 1000 individuals. The wintering region covers the territory from the south of Mexico to Panama.

They feed mainly on insects (grasshoppers, flies and dragonflies), waiting for prey on the roost. As a rule, they catch insects in the air. Also, berries can be included in the diet of birds.

Birds build nests in lonely trees or bushes, or on artificial objects such as telephone poles near settlements. The clutch contains from three to six eggs. Both parents are involved in feeding. Like other members of the family, tyrants aggressively defend their nests.

Long-tailed royal tyrant (Tyrannus forficatus)

Named for its long, forked tail, the long-tailed royal tyrant is a medium-sized bird found in the savannas of North and Central America. Females have a less striking appearance, and their tail is shorter than that of males. The male's remarkable long tail has a black top and a white undercoat.

Long-tailed tit (Aegithalos caudatus)

The long-tailed tit is a tiny, rounded bird found in the temperate regions of Europe and Asia. It grows only up to 13-15 cm. Surprisingly, almost 8 cm of this tiny bird is occupied by its long narrow tail. Accordingly, the tail of this tit is longer than its body. This is the most prominent feature of this bird, which undoubtedly influenced the name of this species.

The long-tailed tit is not only known for its long tail, but also for its beautiful plumage. It displays eye shades of black, white and pink.

Long-tailed velvet weaver (Euplectes progne)

From his name, you can assume that this bird has a long tail. But both the beauty and the length of its tail are beyond your imagination. The tail feather of this great bird is over 50 cm (50.8 cm on average). This is almost three times the length of the entire body. Only males have such a fascinating tail.

The female has a short and narrow tail. The tail of the male is not only long, but also wide. Most of the long-tailed weaver is black, except for the orange shoulders. It is so wonderful to watch this bird in flight, especially its tail. This showy tail is also the main deciding factor when choosing mates during the breeding season.

Blue-headed magnificent bird of paradise (Cicinnurus respublica)

This bird of paradise species is simply amazing! The gorgeous blue-headed bird of paradise is endemic to the low-lying rainforests of Waigeo and Batanty Islands. There are not many birds presenting such a magnificent mixture of colors as this one.

Males have a bluish head with beautiful black patterns, turquoise crest, black upper wings, yellow mantle and blue legs. Their tail is not that long. But the curved shape and beautiful purple coloration are so unique among the family of birds that we simply could not pass by this species.

Females do not have such bright feathers as males. To get the female's attention, the male performs an exceptional grooming show. First, he cleans the ground to brighten the ritual as much as possible. When the female appears, the male begins to display his brightly colored feathers, head, tail and sparkling green mouth.

Astrapia (Astrapia mayeri)

Found only in the highlands of Papua New Guinea, an adult male astrapia is up to 30 cm long. Surprisingly, its white tail feathers grow to an average of 90 cm.This is three times the length of the body itself.

This unusually long tail gives the male astrapia a unique appearance. Their body feathers are olive green and bronze in color. Females of astrapia do not have a long tail and colored plumage, like males. They have less showy brownish plumage.

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