Birds can be beautiful, it’s true. Think of a peacock tail, the wonderful iridescence of a hovering hummingbird or the fabulous and exotic plumages of birds of paradise. Beautiful is exactly right.
Then again, think of a cattle egret family recovering from a downpour and the word beautiful isn’t one that springs to mind. Characterful or hilarious: yes, beautiful: no.
I found this image of exactly that situation from Beautiful Birds Pictures and couldn’t wait to share it with you. Enjoy.