11 Gorgeous Green Birds That You Might See

Updated: Mar. 13, 2023

Finding a green bird is a unique sighting! Discover the green birds you might spot, including green herons, green jays and even more.

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Courtesy Sara Danta

Green Jay

“I took this photo at the Rio Grande annual bird fest that occurs every November. I must have spent an hour taking dozens and dozens of pictures of green jays that day. This one stood out because I was able to capture the seed about to fly into the bird’s mouth,” says Sara Danta.

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Courtesy Sherry Evans

Green Heron

“For the first time, we had baby green herons in our backyard. We live in town, so this was unusual. They are very interesting to watch,” says Sherry Evans.

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Courtesy Tom Mangelsdorf

Anna’s Hummingbird

“A female Anna’s hummingbird perched on the spike of an aloe plant enjoys the afternoon sun in Arizona. The dappled sun and shadow gives the scene a serene feeling,” says Tom Mangelsdorf.

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Courtesy Monica Myers

Tennessee Warbler

“I photographed this Tennessee warbler dining on sawfly larvae in our river birch tree. I’m thankful to this bird for helping keep the tree healthy!” says Monica Myers.

Look for more stunning warblers during spring migration.

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Courtesy Jennifer Smith

Broad-Billed Hummingbird

“The broad-billed is one of four types of hummingbirds that visit my Arizona yard, and I think one of the most beautiful. They all have their distinct personalities, with the broad-billed being the shyest. The best views I capture of them are when they are sitting on my feeders. Here he is with the sun on him, showing off his rainbow of color,” says Jennifer Smith. Birds come in many colors—even orange birds!

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Violet-Green Swallow

“I spent a long weekend in Glenwood Springs, Colorado, with my family over the Fourth of July weekend. I spotted this beautiful violet-green swallow on two of my morning walks, perching in the same tree each time. The light hit him just right on this morning to appreciate his full coloration,” says Amy Atwell. Learn to identify 8 types of swallow birds.

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Mallard Duck

“A friend and I decided to go to the park one early spring evening. A creek flowed alongside a stretch of old colonial style homes. There were a couple waterfall areas in this stretch of the creek. This male mallard duck swam out to the precipice of the falls. There he stopped for a drink and a nibble or two of the algae growing on the rocks under the surface of the rushing water as the emerald green bird feathers on his head gleamed in the sunlight,” says Erick Watson.

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Courtesy Vera Stonawska

Painted Bunting

“I took this photo in the courtyard at my workplace in Orangeburg, South Carolina. The feeder is outside of our beauty shop windows so people can watch the birds while having their hair done. This pair of painted buntings were our regular guests. There is a lot of beautiful wildlife in our gardens and woods,” says Vera Stonawska.

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Courtesy Laura Frazier

Ruby-Crowned Kinglet

“This bird, a ruby-crowned kinglet, is normally moving nonstop. It paused just long enough for me to capture a photo of it against the soft orange background. The colors in this photo are the colors of autumn—my favorite season!” says Laura Frazier. Check out 20 stunning and inspiring bald eagle pictures.

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Red-Eyed Vireo

“I live on a huge migration path for warblers and other birds. Seeing red-eyed vireos is always a highlight for me. After two weeks of searching, I found what I’d been looking for. This vireo flew off as quickly as it came, but I got a few good shots of it in the moment,” says Daniel Draudt. Don’t miss 25 small yellow birds you should know.

The green kingfisher (Chloroceryle americana) occurs from southern Texas in the USA south through Central and South America to central Argentina. Found in the Pantanal of Brazil.
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Green Kingfisher

The green kingfisher can be spotted in far southern Texas and Arizona in the United States through Central and South America.