|Rainbow Bee-eaters Merops ornatus, Karumba, tropical Queensland.|
The bee-eaters overall are one of the most colourful bird groups - this is the only one found in Australia.
|Rainbow Pitta Pitta iris, East Point, Darwin.|
The name species name also means rainbow. This angle doesn't give you the best view of its assets,
but you get the idea.
|Rainbow Lorikeet Trichoglossus moluccanus, Emerald Botanic Gardens, Queensland.|
This widespread and familiar parrot is still expanding its range - it really is spectacular.
|Superb Parrot Polytelis swainsonii, Mulligans Flat NR, Canberra.|
A threatened species which has taken to coming into Canberra in recent years,
probably spurred by drought years. An unhelpful name, but hard to argue with.
|Mulga Parrot Psephotus varius, outback Western Australia.|
Widespread in the inland - not just in mulga (Acacia aneura) - it boasts four obvious colours.
|Red-capped Parrot Purpureicephalus spurius, Albany, south-west Australia, where it is endemic.|
|Double-eyed Fig Parrot Cyclopsitta diophthalma, Cairns, tropical Queensland.|
Australia's smallest parrot - only 14cm long - and packed with colour!
|Wompoo Pigeon (or Fruit Dove) Ptilinopus magnificus, Cairns.|
This is a glorious big pigeon, whose name comes from its call. Try saying it slowly and sonorously -
lots of gravitas!
|Golden-tailed Sapphire Chrysuronia oenone, Waqanki Lodge, northern Peru.|
|Masked Trogon Chrysuronia oenone, Tandayapa Lodge, Ecuador.|
All trogons are spectacular, but are not always easily photographed in the canopy;
here however they come down to the compost heap!
|Many-banded Aracari Pteroglossus pluricinctus, Wild Sumaco Lodge, Ecuador.|
Aracaris are small toucans, a notably colourful group.
|Saffron-crowned Tanager Tangara xanthocephala, Inka Terra Hotel, Machu Picchu, Peru.|
This bird was in shadow - in the sun the crown is more obviously saffron!
Collectively, tanagers are among the most brilliantly-coloured birds in the world.
|Red-crowned Barbet Megalaima rafflesii, Bako NP, Sarawak.|
The Asian barbets are now regarded as being in a separate family from both the African and South American ones -
all are spectacular.
|Rubycheek (or Ruby-cheeked Sunbird) Chalcoparia singalensis, Batang Ai NP, Sarawak.|
The sunbirds, of Africa and Asia, are another group in contention for
Colourful Birds of the World Award.
|Unidentified grasshopper, Blanquillo Clay Lick, Peru.|
|And another, also unidentified, from the rainforests of Mt Kupé, Cameroon.|
|And at last, one I can put a name to - the Galápagos Painted Locust Schistocerca melanocera,on Sierra Negra, Isla Isabela.|
|Sally Lightfoots are found all along the Pacific coast of the Americas,|
and they are one of the real features of the Galápagos.