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10 of the Most Colorful Animals in the World

Animals come in all sorts of shapes, sizes, and colors. Although people are accustomed to the regular browns, blacks, and whites of many species, some of the more tropical animals boast an array of vivid colors. Sometimes, these colors help creatures in the wild attract mates or warn away predators. Other times, there doesn’t seem to be as much rhyme nor reason for their rainbow hues, but they are certainly beautiful to observe. Check out these 10 examples of the most colorful animals in the world.

10. Peacocks

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Although these birds are generally referred to as peacocks, in reality, the correct name for the species is peafowl. Male peafowl are peacocks, while the females are peahen.The peacocks have feathers of vibrant, iridescent greens and blues in order to attract peahen into their harems. Peafowl have been domesticated for hundreds of years and kept for their brilliant plumage.

9. Peacock Mantis Shrimp

Like its namesake, the peacock mantis shrimp also boasts iridescent blues and greens, but it has a great deal of red along its legs. More than the color of its shell, the peacock mantis shrimp is known for its incredibly fast and strong club-like appendages that make a punching motion in order to kill other shelled animals for food. Not only can its punch break a shell, but it can also break glass, with an acceleration force similar to that of a .22 caliber handgun.

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