Top 10 Birds Named for Gemstones

This list combines two of my biggest passions - birds and gemstones.

How gem colors are related to bird colors and bird names?
- Emerald is always green (and birds with emerald in the name do have green)
- Ruby is always red, pinkish red or purplish red
- Amethyst is always purple / violet
- Turquoise is usually... turquoise (obviously), but the gem color can also be blue, blue-green, green
- Sapphire is associated with the color blue (though it occurs in many colors)
- Tourmaline is the most colorful gem and mineral in the world (so expect many colors)

The Top Ten

1 Sapphire-spangled Emerald Sapphire-spangled Emerald

It's at #1 because there are 2 gems in the bird's name! (sapphire and emerald, blue and green, respectively). The bird's back is usually green but you can't see its back in this image. - Metal_Treasure

This bird looks so cool! I would love it to have it as a pet. - NickelbackLinkinPark4Eva

Pretty. - Camaro6

2 Blue-Tailed Emerald Blue-Tailed Emerald

The color of its plumage is the color of the finest emeralds (green with a hint of blue) - Metal_Treasure

This bird is gorgeous. And looks like an emerald, color-wise. - Camaro6

3 Brazilian Ruby Brazilian Ruby

Its throat has the color of pinkish ruby - Metal_Treasure

4 Amethyst Woodstar Amethyst Woodstar

Amethyst color is purple and this bird has the color purple - Metal_Treasure

5 Glittering-bellied Emerald Glittering-bellied Emerald
6 Diamond Dove Diamond Dove

A tiny member of the pigeon family, native to Australia. Appreciated by Crwth the pigeon fancier. - Crwth

Beautiful. The pale spots make it look like a sparkling diamond. Thanks for adding it, Crwth. - Metal_Treasure

7 Rufous-throated Sapphire Rufous-throated Sapphire
8 Asian Emerald Cuckoo Asian Emerald Cuckoo
9 Tourmaline Sunangel Tourmaline Sunangel

It's a species of hummingbird found in Colombia and Ecuador. Tourmaline is the most colorful gem in the world and this bird is pretty colorful as well, although it isn't the most colorful bird in the world. But I get the idea of the bird's name - the layers of different colors look like the layers in a multi-colored tourmaline crystal (for example - elbaite crystal; elbaite is a tourmaline variety). - Metal_Treasure

10 Fiery Topaz Fiery Topaz

I also like the turquoise and the tourmaline

The Contenders

11 Amethyst-throated Hummingbird Amethyst-throated Hummingbird

(aka amethyst-throated mountaingem. Yes, mountain gem). It lives in El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Mexico. - Metal_Treasure

12 Turquoise-Browed Motmot Turquoise-Browed Motmot

The name of the color turquoise comes from the color of the gem turquoise. The word turquoise means "Turkish" in French because the gem was imported from Turkey. The first recorded use of turquoise as a color name in English was in 1573. - Metal_Treasure

13 Emerald Toucanet Emerald Toucanet

A miniature toucan in green. - Crwth

14 Crimson Topaz Crimson Topaz
15 White-chested Emerald White-chested Emerald
16 Andean Emerald Andean Emerald

It's a species of hummingbird (its upper part of the body is green and its lower part - white). - Metal_Treasure

17 Amethyst-throated Sunangel Amethyst-throated Sunangel

It is found in Bolivia, Ecuador, and Peru. - Metal_Treasure

18 Western Emerald Western Emerald
19 Blue-chinned Sapphire Blue-chinned Sapphire
20 Berylline Hummingbird Berylline Hummingbird
21 Golden-tailed Sapphire
22 Ruby-throated Hummingbird
23 Glittering-throated Emerald Glittering-throated Emerald
24 Honduran Emerald
25 Rondonia Emerald
26 White-chinned Sapphire
27 Versicolored Emerald Versicolored Emerald
28 White-bellied Emerald
29 Plain-bellied Emerald
30 Emerald-chinned Hummingbird

It's just a Green-chinned Hummingbird - Metal_Treasure

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