Top 10 Colorful Animals


Life is the stories of all its heroes. The tiny ones, the unexpected ones, the scary ones and the big and ugly ones. And the most colorful one.

Life is made of many stories. There’s the one that makes you giggle and the one that makes you well up.

There’s also the red one, the blue one, the wow one, the people one and the animal one.

Life is colorful at TopTenz today, thanks to the BBC and their list of the Top 10 Colorful Animals.

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This list is not copied from any other site. It was submitted to Toptenz by the BBC directly through email. We published this list as did other sites, without knowing it had been submitted elsewhere.

10. Monarch Butterfly


Everyone loves butterflies, especially these pretty ones. But their beautiful colors actually serve as a warning to predators not to eat them because they’re poisonous.

9. Sailfish

Sailfish colorful animals

The Sailfish’s blue stripes certainly make a statement but it has nothing to do with fashion. They light up when the Sailfish hunts, confusing their prey and letting their fellow hunters know what they’re doing. Now that’s a useful use of color!

8. Lesser Flamingo

Pink Flamingos

Did you know the famous pink Flamingo’s lovely color comes from pigment in the algae it eats? They do say you are what you eat…

7. Clownfish


The Clownfish may look pretty with its bright orange and white stripes, but it’s covered in slime. It is essential to the fish forming one of nature’s great teams with the sea anemone – they are dependent on each other to survive and the slime protects the Clownfish from the anemone’s sting.

6. Blue-Footed Booby

Blue footed booby

Females are attracted to the male Booby’s brilliant blue boots, so it’s lucky for them that they get even brighter if they miss a mating season.

5. Weedy Sea Dragon

Leafy Sea Dragon

The Weedy Sea Dragon is a weird, wonderful and colorful underwater creature. The female produce 250 eggs at a time and the male looks after them. And he shouldn’t lose them either – they’re bright pink!

4. Temminick’s Tragopan



With an orange and brown quiff and a chest that looks like a whale shark lying on top of a heart, the Temminick’s Tragopan is certainly striking. It’s no surprise it’s considered to be the world’s most handsome pheasant.

3. Bird of Paradise

Male bird of paradise showing off

Not only does the male Bird of Paradise have fantastic colorful plumage, he dances, poses and completely changes his shape to woo the less exotic-looking females. Still, lucky girls!

2. Sockeye Salmon

sockeye salmon

We might tan in the heat, or go red if we get embarrassed, but imagine if the color of your skin completely changed with your environment? That’s exactly what the Sockeye Salmon does – normally blue and silver they turn red and green before spawning.

1. Panther Chameleon

panther chameleon

Red, white, green and blue – and that’s just some of the time. The Panther Chameleon has an amazing ability to change color to hide itself. But unlike us, it can’t pick what color coat it wears – that’s affected by temperature, light and even its mood!

Top 10 Colorful Animals submitted by the BBC.

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  1. Who cares who copied who. The list is grossly wrong. There are so many far more colorful animals than these.

  2. This was done by BBC? What was the criteria? Because there are many many more brilliantly coloured animals than these ones.

  3. I didn't delete your comment or even see a comment from you, Nathanel. I am using a new system so maybe it was lost to the Internet. Submit it again.

  4. Way to be douches, people…if it's said once, does it have to be said again and again? Sheesh…If it wasn't copied, it wasn't copied! BBC are the tards here…bad move.

  5. We don't copy listverse. I don't look at listverse. This was emailed to me from person at the BBC and he asked us to post it. If there is something similar then blame the BBC for submitting it to multiple sites. We don't copy other sites.

  6. This was not made for listverse. It was sent to us as well as listverse. It would appear that listverse was duped as were we. I\'ll be happy to post the email if proof is needed. The person who submitted this list to Toptenz was Arj Singh from the BBC on Sept. 17. We, like listverse, had no idea it was submitted to multiple sites.

    But thanks for assuming the worst of Toptenz.

  7. We didn' t copy this. Why does no one think Listverse copied us? 😉 The BBC sent multiple sites their list and didn't tell the webmasters.

  8. I don't think this list was copied at all. It was put together by the BBC, as was the same article posted to ListVerse.