Indeed there are many different types of bird species in the world. But, the species of water Bird is the most fascinating and mesmerizing. Often called aquatic Birds, water birds are widely distributed across the globe and contribute richly to the beautiful atmosphere we live in. These are commonly found in shallow water (both freshwater and saltwater) habitats. Ranging from kingfishers, coastal Birds to majestic American Dipper there is a large number of rare and exotic aquatic Birds. So here is a list of the top 10 Amazing Water Birds in the World,

Water Birds

1.Kingfisher

Popularly recognized as one of the most beautiful water Birds on the earth, The Kingfisher is a medium-sized aquatic Bird well known for its impressive water dives. Kingfishers are brightly coloured Birds typically with short tails, large heads, orange-blue plumage. Also, they are most commonly found in the tropical regions of Africa, Asia, and Oceania. Moreover, kingfishers feed on a wide variety of prey such as fish, small intertebrates, and many more. Also, they reside in a wide range of habitats but are most commonly found near rivers and lakes.

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Kingfisher
Kingfisher

2.Swans

Recognized as the largest living species and also among the largest flying birds, Swans are beautiful aquatic Birds with long necks with heavy bodies and are known to be one of the friendliest animals in the world. Also, this big-footed Bird glides majestically while swimming and flying with slow wing beats outstretching neck. Moreover, males and females are almost identical while male swans are commonly known as cobs, and females are known as Pens. They feed by dabbling in shallows on aquatic plants. It is interesting to note that Swans utter a variety of sounds and are social Birds most commonly found in groups.

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Swans
Swans

3.African Jacana

African jacana is a distinctive bird with chestnut upperparts, black wingtips, sky blue bill, and very long toes at the end of its find legs. However, females are generally larger than males. Also, It is one of the majestic water Birds that forage on the water surfaced lilies and other aquatic vegetation with its long legs and ludicrously elongated toes. Also, African Jacana is a social Bird gathering together in groups. African Jacanas are found worldwide within the tropical zones specifically in Sub-Saharan Africa.

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African Jacana
African Jacana

4.The Great Cormorant

The Great Cormorant is a heavy seabird with a long thick neck, blocky head, heavy hooked bill, and broad wings. Also, known as black Shag in New Zealand it is widely spread across the Northern hemisphere. Moreover, The Great Cormorant has a long tail and yellow throat patch. These birds are easily recognizable by their large size, and heavier build thicker bill. It is interesting to note that The Great Cormorant is mostly silent Birds and is found mainly on freshwater lakes, estuaries, the sea, rivers, etc.

The Great Cormorant
The Great Cormorant

5.American Dipper

Most popularly known as Water ouzel, American Dipper is a stocky bird with a dark grey body, brownish head, and white feathers on the eyelids. Also, American Dipper is the only truly aquatic songbird in America that catches all of its food underwater in swiftly flowing streams by swimming and walking on the stream bottom. Also, this distinctive bird is seen common along rushing streams especially in the high mountains. Furthermore, this bird species mainly inhabits the mountainous regions of Central America and western North America ranging from Panama to Alaska.

American Dipper
American Dipper

6.Ballion’s Crake

Also known as Marsh crack, Ballion’s Crake is a very small water Bird named after French naturalist Louis Antoine Francois Baillon. This majestic bird species is widely distributed across Europe, Central Asia, the Indian subcontinent Africa Australia, and Southeast Asia. Ballion’s Crake has a short straight yellowish bill, reddish eyes, long legs, and greenish tones. Also, they are found in a wide variety of habitats such as freshwater lakes, saline wetlands, coastal marshes, swamps, flooded meadows, flooded agricultural fields, fish farms with vegetation, sewage ponds and also they feed on a variety of food like small fish, aquatic insects and also seeds, berries, etc.

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Ballion’s Crake
Ballion’s Crake

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7.Black-Legged Kittiwake

This majestic seabird is native to the Arctic and sub-Arctic regions of the world but is commonly found across all the northern coast of the Atlantic. It is a medium-size Bird with a whitehead, grey wings, yellow pointed bill, and Jet black feet. However, males and females are identically similar. Also, this bird species is easily recognized by its completely black wingtips. However, Kittiwakes have a very pleasant melodious voice. This bird species is commonly found in all coastal areas, sea, and even ice-filled waters. Also, these are social birds that tend to form colonies of tens to thousands of birds in Cliff along the coast.

Black-Legged Kittiwake
Black-Legged Kittiwake

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8.Crab Plovers

Crab Plovers are peculiar wading birds found commonly across tidal mudflats around shores, coastline, and Islands of the Indian Ocean. Crab Plovers are Afro-Asian birds and are remarkably the only representative of the Dromadidae family. Also, it is a very distinctive bird with a white head, black plumage, and black coloring feathers. Moreover, it has a long neck with an upright posture and a strong long black gull-like bill specialized for feeding. Crab Plovers are also commonly found inhabiting the Sandy and muddy shores on mainland coast and Islands, estuaries, lagoons, and exposed coral reefs.

Crab Plovers
Crab Plovers

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9.Eurasian SpoonBill

Eurasian spoonbill is also a distinctive bird species with a large white body, yellowish breast patch, find black wingtips (visible in flight), and long spoon-shaped bills. Also, this is the most widespread species across Europe and easily identifiable with the help of a spatulate bill. Eurasian spoonbill is widely spread across the world ranging from Europe to Northwest Africa, The Red Sea, India, and China. Also, it is a migratory bird generally wintering in Europe and Asia including some parts of the Indian state of Karnataka. Moreover, they are commonly found near lakes, ponds, rivers, deltas, canals, marshes with overgrown shrubbery.

Eurasian SpoonBill
Eurasian SpoonBill

10.Flamingoes

Flamingos are also one of the most distinctive wading long neck animal species widely distributed throughout America including the Caribbean and also Africa, Asia, and Europe. Flamingoes are generally native to tropical and subtropical areas. There are basically six different species of flamingoes. The Greater Flamingo is the most widespread and largest species of the flamingo family. Generally, flamingos are famous for their bright pink feathers, stilt-like legs, and S-shaped neck. Also, flamingoes feed on shrimp, snails and build their nest along the water base. Furthermore, flamingo species are not endangered but the Andean flamingo is listed as vulnerable.

Flamingoes
Flamingoes

These are the beautiful water birds in the world. Kindly share and do post your comments.

By Amreen Fatima

Amreen fatima is a Nature lover and has taken nature writing hobbyist for years. She also loves feeding and photographing animals of all types.

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