Top beautiful birds are hard to choose from as their colours are so attractive, especially in the breeding season. Iridescence makes them so colourful that sometimes, it looks like their colours were painted on. Photographers with good cameras and some know-how are lucky enough to be able to capture some of the birds. Fortunately, these get posted on social media sites quite regularly, so bird lovers get to enjoy them too. Here are the top seven colourful bird photographs found on Instagram.

1. Black-crowned pitta from Malaysia

This pretty bird comes from Malaysia where it makes dome-type nests out of bark and sticks. They are often found in places where there's muddy ground.

The birds like to spend time on the ground in rainforests.

2. The American Great Egret in breeding colours

The American Great Egret is found in marshy areas. They enjoy eating frogs, lizards, and small fish. Mostly white, but with yellow on the beak, they grow nice plumes and the green colours around the eye become vivid in the breeding season. Allaboutbirds.org note that bird is the logo of the National Audubon Society.

3. Great Crested Grebe

The Great Crested Grebe is a type of water bird. The colours are not all that startling, but the lovely blend of pastel shades qualified them for this list. The babies have characteristic stripes on them. The birds nest at the edge of water and indulge in elaborate mating displays.

4. Male Vermilion Flycatcher

Flycatchers are sometimes disappointingly drab [VIDEO].

But the male Vermilion Flycatchers of Texas and the South Americas make up for the rest of them. Their stunning colours are so eye-catching. The attractive birds are often spotted near water in fairly open areas.

5. Common Eurasian Blue Tit

The Eurasian Blue Tit is widespread across Europe. However, the small birds often go unnoticed in the colour stakes. But the photo below highlights the lovely yellow breast and shades of blue on the head. The little birds can be seen in parks and gardens and, according to the IUCN Redlist, like to hang out in woodland with oak trees.

6. Lady Amherst's Pheasant

Lady Amherst's Pheasant has a rather odd name for a bird found in China and Myanmar. The governor of Bengal sent a specimen to London in 1828 according to the "Dictionary of Scientific Bird Names." He obviously thought his wife was beautiful as he named the bird after her.

7. The Indian Roller

Various species of Roller birds are found in the world. Some of them are migratory and they all sport attractive colours. The Indian Roller is one of them. They are quite common birds and often swoop down from trees to catch insects on the ground.

What do think of these colourful birds found on Instagram? Forest birds from the Amazon so often steal the limelight with pretty colours. However, these birds from across the world [VIDEO] on Instagram show they are not the only pretty pollys in the wild.