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Top 10 Tiny, Cute Colourful Birds and Their Sounds

Updated on November 16, 2016

Human Love for Cheerful, Tiny and Colourful Birds

We all love birds but tiny and cute birds attract us more. Many prefer to have them as pets because they are colourful and a few of them sing or can be taught to mimic. Children may be excited to play with these cheerful creatures and enjoy their melody.

There are so many species of tiny birds and our affection for them varies from region to region. Some are commonly found in different parts of the globe but many of these species are specific to certain countries or regions.

Presented below are ten colourful, tiny birds along with videos to familiarise the readers with their melodious sounds.

#1. Japanese White Eye

Zosterops japonicus
Zosterops japonicus | Source

This tiny bird, also called mejiro, is a native of Japan and is very active passerine. Ranging between 4 to 4.5 inches, this light weighted songbird has earned its name because of a white ring around its eyes. It is olive green on its back, green on its forehead and yellow on throat. It is monogamous by nature but is very sociable.

Japanese white eyes are found in flocks of 5 to 20 birds and are fond of acrobats. Foliage of trees and shrubs are their natural habitat. They like fruit, insects and nectar. Apart from Japan, they are also found throughout the Indian region, China, Vietnam, Philippines and Taiwan.

#2. Tui

Prosthemadera novaeseelandiae
Prosthemadera novaeseelandiae | Source

Honey eater native of New Zealand, Tui is a multi-coloured passerine bird. It has two white tufts of feather on its throat because of which it has earned the name parson bird also. Tui is aggressive and territorial making loud sounds at times resembling rude voice of human beings. Sometimes, the voice is complicated as it may have grunts and wheezes but It is intelligent to imitate also.

Apart from nectar, they eat fruit, insects, seeds and even pollen. Their beaks are shaped to fit in the flowers of the plants like kowhai, flax, helping pollination. They can be seen in forests, off-shore islands and towns. Attractive tuis are commonly seen in urban Wellington, either singly or in pairs.

#3. Brown Thrasher

Toxostoma rufum
Toxostoma rufum | Source

Brown Thrasher is, perhaps, one of the best songbirds of eastern and central United States. It is also found in Southern and Central Canada. It has brown colour on the upper parts and white on the chest. Its eyes are bright-yellow.

They prefer to have their nests in shrubs, thickets and small trees. They are omnivorous and love to eat nuts, seeds, berries and insects. There is a decline in their numbers due to habitat loss but they still continue to be quite common and melodious birds.

#4. Wren

Troglodytes troglodytes
Troglodytes troglodytes | Source

Wren is really a small and compact brown passerine bird seen singing in the morning. With nearly 80 species they are distributed from Alaska and Canada to Southern Argentina. Eurasian Wren is found outside Americas, in Europe, Asia and Northern Africa.

They have a wide ranging habitat like farmlands, marshy lands, mountain grasslands, Oak wood, Beach wood. Central and South American residents remain there all the year round but some of them from temperate region migrate.

Their nests are dome-shaped and they are normally insectivorous but may eat seeds and berries. In spite of their being tiny creatures they can make loud noises, specially on territorial issues.

#5. Baltimore Oriole

Icterus galbula
Icterus galbula | Source

Baltimore Oriole is popular on two counts. Firstly, it is an official state bird of Maryland. Secondly, it is in common with the very old state professional baseball team, called Baltimore Orioles. But the real attraction is its sharp orange-golden coloured underparts with patches at shoulder level. Its combination with black head and black wings makes it a brightly coloured bird.

It is found in Eastern North America as a migratory bird. They forage in trees and shrubs but they frequent wood lands to eat insects, caterpillars, berries and love nectar as well. In the backyards they love to have oranges and nectar.

#6. Zebra Finch

Taeniopygia guttata
Taeniopygia guttata | Source

Zebra finch's main attraction is its colour pattern. With grey head, black and white tail, orange beak and white teardrop it looks distinctive. Chestnut cheeks and typically barred throat is another feature of the males.

This songbird is common in Australia but is also found in some parts of Asia and has been introduced in the USA and Brazil. Their habitat is tropical savanna type grassland and forests.They are loud singer and are noisy too but still very popular as pets. They prefer eating seeds and their beaks help them to dehusk even small seeds. They prefer to stay near water and need water regularly when in captivity.

#7. Red-Whiskered Bulbul

Pycnonotus jocosus
Pycnonotus jocosus | Source

Member of the bulbul family, Red-whiskered Bulbul is a passerine bird and got its name because of the red whisker patch below its eyes. It has tall pointed black crest, long tail, brown upper parts and white cheek patches. It is mainly found in tropical Asia, Pakistan, India and China, but it has been introduced in other parts of the world including North America and Australia. There are many sub-species and there are plumage variations.

It is commonly found in bushes, shrubs, farmlands and woodlands and is kept in cages also. Its preferred food is small insects, berries and fruit. It is also recognised by the calls which are three to four notes and loud.

#8. Scarlet Tanager

Piranga olivacea
Piranga olivacea | Source

Scarlet Tanager is a brilliantly coloured American songbird. It has gorgeous blood-red body with jet-black tail and wings. But its female is differently coloured, yellowish on the underparts and olive on the top including tail which is short and broad.

It is difficult to trace them because of their foraging in undisturbed forests like oak trees of eastern North America. They migrate to northwestern parts of South America during April. They are known for their songs and it takes time to trace them by their sound or when they are out to catch insects. They eat insects and fruit and are capable to catch insects in flight.

#9. Yellow-Breasted Chat

Icteria virens
Icteria virens | Source
As seen in winter - Christmas
As seen in winter - Christmas | Source

Yellow-breasted Chat is a large warbler with bright yellow breast, white abdomen and olive-green upper parts. It has blackish legs and white eye rings and also a long tail.

During summers they are found in North America, Canadian southern plains and Mexico. They migrate to tropics during winter. They are omnivorous, but they like insects and berries. Their nests are quite bulky having bark and leaves, which are concealed in a dense bush.

They often sing at night and their number is declining due to habitat loss in eastern North America.

#10. Cardinal

Cardinalis cardinalis
Cardinalis cardinalis | Source

It is another song bird with red crest over its head. It has brilliant crimson red colour with a black mask on the face in males though it becomes duller in the wings. It has a strong beak which is cone shaped. As a ground feeder, it likes grains, weed seeds though can also eat insects.

Basically a North-American, it can be found in Eastern United States and in Southern Canada as well. It is found in bushy woodlands, gardens and shrub lands. It has many sub-species.

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  • srsddn profile imageAUTHOR


    6 years ago from Dehra Dun, India

    Linda, Thanks for stopping by. Little birds are so cute that they can keep you engaged and their colours remind you of the power of the creator. Have a nice weekend.

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    Linda Rogers 

    6 years ago from Minnesota

    What a enjoyable hub on little birds. I have always loved the look of the male Cardinal, but their all beautiful in their own way.

  • srsddn profile imageAUTHOR


    6 years ago from Dehra Dun, India

    Pearl, it seems I have found a great bird lover in you. This world is full of colourful birds and we need an eye to appreciate these cute birds. Your personal experiences with birds add charm to your comments. Thanks for stopping by and have a great time at Christmas.

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    Connie Smith 

    6 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

    Another very informative and well-written article about the animals I love most--birds! Such colorful images, and the addition of the voices was very nice.

    I have wrens that come to visit occasionally, and I can attest to the fact that they are very loud, especially given their diminutive size. Scarlet Tanagers seem to stay very high up in my oak trees, but I can always tell when they are around by their 'chip-bang' call! I have cardinals here as well, but I was fascinated by the Japanese White Eye; what a gorgeous little bird.

    Nicely done ;) Pearl

    Voted Up++++pinned

  • srsddn profile imageAUTHOR


    6 years ago from Dehra Dun, India

    suzettenaples, Viewing red cardinal against snow must be a great scene. I am glad you like colourful birds. Watching them is like being near to nature. Thanks for stopping by and I appreciate your interest in my Hubs. Have a wonderful time!

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    Suzette Walker 

    6 years ago from Taos, NM

    I love this article as I love bird watching. These are beautiful, colorful birds and I enjoyed reading about them and viewing the lovely photos and videos. The red cardinal is the state bird of Ohio and we see lots of them here. They even remain here in the winter and are beautiful to view against the white snow. Thanks so much for an interesting, informative and beautiful article. I enjoyed this so much!

  • srsddn profile imageAUTHOR


    6 years ago from Dehra Dun, India

    aviannovice, Thanks for stopping by. I am glad you liked my choices and may be their sounds as well. Have a nice time!

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    Deb Hirt 

    6 years ago from Stillwater, OK

    All excellent choices. Very nicely done and presented in an interesting and knowledgeable manner.

  • srsddn profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from Dehra Dun, India

    Thanks, Elias. I am glad you liked the pictures. I am sure you might have seen some tiny colourful birds. Have a nice day!

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    Elias Zanetti 

    7 years ago from Athens, Greece

    Great hub and very beautiful pictures!

  • srsddn profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from Dehra Dun, India

    David Trujillo, You are lucky to have these colourul birds around your family farm. I think the thrill lies in the fascination for them rather than knowing their names. I think you can have photographs and then try to know their names if you are interested. My childhood was in a village and I have seen quite a few of them. Unfortunately, with all the concrete around in the city now there are hardly any birds around. Thanks for visiting and have a nice time!

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    David Trujillo Uribe 

    7 years ago from Medellin, Colombia

    There are plenty small colorful birds around my family farm, where I´m living right now. Wish I knew the name of them all. It is in rural Valle del Cauca, Colombia. There are two falcons and wild ducks that live on my the farm´s back lake for years.

  • srsddn profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from Dehra Dun, India

    ologsinquito, Thanks for the visit. I am glad you like it. Have a nice day!

  • srsddn profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from Dehra Dun, India

    younghopes, I am glad you like birds and the collection interested you. Thanks for stopping by and sharing and supporting the Hub.

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    7 years ago from USA

    What a great article with great pictures.

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    Shadaan Alam 

    7 years ago from India

    What a beautiful hub, just loved looking at these sweet and cute birds, you have a great collection of these birds, interseting hub of course, shared and voted up. I just love birds


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