11 of the Most Beautiful Animals in the World

It's impossible to put together a list of the most beautiful animals in the world because there are far too many. However, we've put together a list of 11 of them.
11 of the Most Beautiful Animals in the World

Last update: 22 August, 2021

If you know a little about the amazing variety of wildlife there is in existence, you’ll know it’s a difficult task to compile a list of eleven of the most beautiful animals in the world. Firstly, what do we class as beautiful? Well, we tend to look at factors such as color and form. In fact, based on these lines, many animals look as if they’ve come straight out of a fantasy novel.

However, the truth is that any animal can be beautiful. For instance, even the most common bird might have interesting color patterns, and a snake’s skin can reflect the rainbow.

Frequently, beauty also resides in the environment where these animals live. From the colorful foliage of India to the deep blue of the seabed. Anyway, in this article, you’ll find a selection of the most incredible animals in the world. We hope we’ve done them justice.

11 of the most beautiful animals in the world

These animals have conquered the hearts of many people. It’s hardly surprising.  Furthermore, as well as being beautiful, many of them behave rather strangely too. Here’s a list of 11 od the most beautiful animals in the world.

1. Macaws

These birds belong, to the Ara species. They’re the best-known parrot for their color. They live in flocks of up to a hundred, and to see them take flight is to witness an explosion of colors. In addition, they’re extremely intelligent animals and can live an average of 50 years in the wild.

Macaw, one of the most beautiful animals in the world.

2. White Bengal tiger (Panthera tigris)

There’s an erroneous belief that this big cat is the albino version of the Bengal tiger. However, there’s another type of mutation at play here. In fact, this tiger has inherited the two recessive genes for light coloration. Hence it’s born with white fur, dark brown stripes, a pink nose, and blue eyes.

White Bengal Tiger, one of the most beautiful animals in the world.

3. Blue-ringed octopus

These cephalopod mollusks belong to the genus Hapalochlaena. They’re characterized by the reflective blue circles along their body. In addition to being intelligent, they’re extremely poisonous. As a matter of fact, despite not exceeding the size of a golf ball, their toxins can kill several people. Furthermore, to this day, there’s no antidote.

Blue ringed octopus

4. White swan (Cygnus olor)

In Western ideology, the white swan is an icon of beauty and elegance. Its long neck and immaculate feathers have inspired legends, logos, and ballets. One curious fact about them is that they carry their newborn babies on their back, hidden between their wings, to protect them.

White Swan, one of the most beautiful animals in the world.

5. Peacock (Pavo cristatus)

This is the national bird of India. Its immense tail, which it fans out to court females, has iridescent colors ranging from green to blue, and its feathers are topped by a black and blue ocellus. There are also mutations. They possess even more striking colors, such as white, bronze, or purple.

Peacock, one of the most beautiful animals in the world.

6. Bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus)

Unfortunately, the easiest way to see these marine mammals is in an aquarium. There’s no denying the incredible beauty of their hydrodynamic forms.

In addition, the dolphin is one of the most intelligent animals on earth. To give you some idea of their intelligence, they can use tools, their messages have syntax, and it seems they have names for each other.

Dolphins, one of the most beautiful animals in the world.

7. Mandarin fish ( Synchiropus splendidus )

Corals in the Pacific are home to an impressive variety of life. Much of it displays bright and vivid colors. This shy fish, fond of hiding between rocks, is considered the most beautiful saltwater fish.

mandarin fish.

8. Blue dragon (Glaucus atlanticus)

When you see this mollusk, you won’t be at all surprised to learn that it’s named after a mythological creature. They live in the open sea on the surface of the water. However, sometimes the current carries them to the coasts, where they can be seen.

Blue Dragon

9. Chameleon

These curious animals are part of the Chamaeleonidae family. Although at first glance they’re not too handsome -prototypically speaking- they’re actually a marvel of natural engineering. Indeed, some species have colorations that could well earn them the title of the most beautiful animal in the world.

Chameleon

10. Friesian horse

Of all horse breeds, the Friesian’s deep black color and strong, sleek shape have earned it a place on the list of the most beautiful animals in the world. This breed is characterized by its unique markings. In addition, it doesn’t have a single spot of any color on it other than black or dark brown.

Friesian horse

11. Siberian Husky

Choosing a breed of dog for this list was difficult. However, we couldn’t ignore this one’s wolfish gaze. Nowadays, these animals are domesticated and live in our homes as a member of the family. However, it was the Chukchi tribe who originally bred the husky to pull their sleds and withstand the low temperatures of northeast Siberia.

Husky

Thousands and thousands of animals are missing from this list. An inevitable fact when you consider that there are 8.7 million different kinds in the world. However, it’s sad to say that this figure is decreasing year after year. Therefore, let’s enjoy these incredible images while we still can.

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