Colorful, colorful, most colorful ...
Bright colors and colorful patterns are used in the animal kingdom usually to deter the predators. However, many animals also have a bright appearance to attract potential partners and thereby increase their chances of reproduction. Some species show such a striking appearance that they almost dazzle at the sight and shine and shimmer in the most beautiful and intense colors when light falls. Especially from the realm of birds are some species known whose plumage looks almost as if it had been created by an artist. But many sea creatures, some insects, amphibians and reptiles and even monkeys show such a striking color that they can be confidently called miracles of nature.
The sight of a mandarin duck looks more like a work of art than an animal, as nature has created. With its fascinating, almost geometric-looking drawings, striking feather tufts and splashes of color in bright orange, brown, blue, violet, white and black, the mandarin duck looks like an abstract painting. In the rainforests of the tropics, birds of paradise with their colorful plumage stand out as well as parrots, such as the all-color lori, which shines in many colors, and toucans with their bright red, yellow or iridescent green bills. Even in the family of pigeons exists a representative, namely the Kramer dove from Southeast Asia, which is a real eye-catcher with its fluorescent, blue and green shimmering back plumage. In addition to the many colorful bird species from exotic worlds, the European Bee-eater must be mentioned, which is often considered by its intensely colored plumage to be a bird of the tropics. With his emerald-blue-bluish belly, his bright yellow throat, a black mask on his face and his russet-red back, the European bee-eater is not inferior to the colorful birds of paradise in beauty.
Among the insects, the leaf beetle or Chrysolina graminis native to Europe and Asia is considered one of the most beautiful representatives in terms of color. He reaches a height of one centimeter, but is easily recognizable because of its dazzling emerald green. When sunlight falls on its shell, it shimmers and sparkles in all the colors of the rainbow. Equally magnificent is Lampromicra senator, which is quite rightly known in the English-speaking world under the name Jewel Bug. In fact, the glittery beetle with its dazzling green, shining in many colors tank looks like a gem.
Even a primate shows such an extraordinary color that it provides in the rainforests of Central Africa for visual variety. The Mandrill, which is related to the Meerkats, has an inconspicuous brown-olive coat, its bright golden to orange collar, the light blue and red-colored nose part and the hairless blue hindquarters typical of this monkey species make Mandrill by far the most colorful mammal in the world.
The Mandarinfish possesses in contrast to most other fish species no flaky, but a slimy and in its consistency firm skin, which stands out by a conspicuously colorful drawing. With red and orange lines on bright turquoise and light blue ground, green and yellow markings on the head and bright red eyes, it is like the Mandarin duck a true marvel of nature.
Even the peacock-angelfish, which is native to tropical coral reefs, almost fades with its eye-catching stripe drawing, which appears in yellow, black, white, red, lightning blue and a fluorescent pop turquoise and gives it an extraordinary beauty. Therefore, it is not surprising that the peacock angelfish among passionate aquarium owners is highly sought after. Among the crustaceans, the mantis shrimp, which is native to tropical seas, is by far the most beautiful representative. With its almost psychedelic pattern and the dazzling shades of turquoise, blue, bright red and different shades of green, the mantis shrimp stands out clearly from the rocks on the seabed, where it hunts fish, snails and crabs.
Although the brightly colored poison dart frogs of South America are mainly known for their red, green and yellow colors, a representative of these amphibians is particularly worth mentioning for its coloring. The blue tree climber is particularly extravagant due to its bright violet-colored skin, which is dotted with black dots of different sizes. Even the Blue Tree climber secretes a poison on his skin to protect himself from attackers.
Among the reptiles, the panther chameleon or Furcifer pardalis, which inhabits the forests of Madagascar, is certainly the most colorful representative. The male animals have such a variety of colors that it is difficult to compile a list of individual shades. The females, however, are rather inconspicuous colored to be always well camouflaged in the thicket.