Identify the males in this colorful fast-paced photo quiz. Experience the beauty of males with showier plumage than their female counterparts, and uncover examples that may surprise you. For some pairs, it’s hard to believe the birds are from the same species.

You’ll encounter common birds and exotic favorites—including cardinals, bluebirds, parrots, and peacocks. Gather fun facts along the way.

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Fancy Males is part of a larger Interactive Feature where you'll find:
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    Fancy Males Find the males in this fast-paced photo quiz Fancy Males
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    Ways To Be Fancy Watch rare footage of feathers, songs, dances, & design skills Ways To Be Fancy
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    How Fanciness Evolves Watch as the birds-of-paradise bring evolution to life How Fanciness Evolves
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    Fancy Males & Choosy Females Tour of the origins of male showiness and female choosiness Fancy Males & Choosy Females
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    On a Sage-Grouse Lek Experience mating season with the fanciest wild birds in North America On a Sage-Grouse Lek
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    Fanciness Lost Explore the origins of brilliantly colorful tropical tanagers—and their plain-looking relative Fanciness Lost
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    A Fancy Experiment Discover how biologists uncover the rules of attraction in wild birds A Fancy Experiment