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10 Beautiful Brown Animals

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  • The western banded gecko is light brown with dark brown patches all over its body. It has eyelids, which are rare among geckos.
  • The beautiful white-tailed deer is one of 26 species of deer. It has a reddish-brown coat in spring that turns gray-brown in the colder months. The white color on the belly and under the tail is its distinguishing feature.
  • Kodiak brown bears are huge, brown and the largest brown bears alive! It is found in the Kodiak Islands and is a herbivore.

Brown is certainly one of the most common colors for animals. Brown can help wildlife camouflage themselves when moving on the ground or on tree trunks. Animals with brown fur find that it keeps them warm in winter and keeps them warm in summer, as long as they don't overwork themselves. But brown is so common, are there any pretty brown animals out there? In this article, the beauty of a brown animal will depend on whether the eyes want to linger on it, or whether the hands want to reach out and touch it.

The animal is brown all the time, not just seasonally, although babies can be born a different color and mature to brown. Brown is also the only color the animal usually appears in. With that in mind, here are 10 beautiful brown animals:

1. Cedar Waxwing

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The silky sheen of the plumage distinguishes the cedar waxwing from other brown birds.


The cedar waxwing's brown plumage has a silky sheen that sets it apart from other types of brown-feathered birds. a medium-sized bird about 6 to 7 inches long with a 9 to 12 inch wingspan, having dark brown wings with black and white stripes, a crest, a black mask, and bright red wax dripping on its secondary flight feathers . It is found from Canada to northwestern South America, and its population status has received the least attention. The bird eats berries and insects. Its larger cousin, the Bohemian peacebird, lives in Canada and northern Eurasia.

2. Western Banded Gecko

The western banded gecko is the only gecko with eyelids.


These beautiful brown animals live in the southwestern states of the United States and northwestern Mexico. The body of the gecko is light brown with dark brown stripes and spots, and the tiny size of the reptile's scales give the body a smooth and shiny appearance. It also differs from other geckos in that it has eyelids. About four to six inches long, including its tail, the western banded gecko lives in several types of desert habitats, including scrubland. It is a nocturnal lizard that comes out at night to hunt insects and small arthropods. Unusually, it also eats young scorpions, but they are in turn eaten by predators such as snakes and coyotes.

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3. Whitetail deer

During the warmer months, white-tailed deer are redder in color.

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Familiarity can breed contempt when it comes to white-tailed deer, but this is also a beautiful animal. This graceful deer lives in North, Central and South America and has been introduced to Europe, the Caribbean and New Zealand. There are 26 possible subspecies of this deer, most of which are found in the Americas.

The deer's fur is reddish-brown in the warmer months and gray-brown in the colder months, but it's recognizable by the white underside of the tail, which glows when the animal flees. It has a long, elegant head with a white patch on the throat and chin. Fawns are born with spots that help them hide in the dappled light of the forest.

Since there are many subspecies of deer, they vary in size. Bucks, or males, can stand 39 inches at the shoulder and weigh up to 400 pounds, while those can stand 31.5 inches at the shoulder and weigh up to 198 pounds. Florida has a subspecies, the base deer, bucks that are only 30 inches tall at the shoulder and weigh between 55 and 75 pounds. Indeed smaller.

White-tailed deer are also known for their beautiful antlers, which they shed and regrow every year.

4. Dumeril's Python

Dumeril's pythons are native to Madagascar.

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This non-venomous python is native to Madagascar. It grows to about six and a half feet long, with females being larger than males. Its beauty comes from the pattern of scales on its body. The base color of the snake is greyish-brown, and the plaques form a row of brown petal-like things from the head to the tail. The snake's beauty makes it a highly sought after pet.

Dumeril's pythons feed on small mammals, lizards, birds and even other snakes. It may even have preyed on small primates such as lemurs.

Due to their calm nature, Dumeril's pythons were popular in the snake trade before restrictions were put in place. They do well in captivity, although their large size can be a challenge for novice snake keepers. Pet Dumeril thrives on a diet of mice, but will stop eating if stressed.

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5. Hoopoe

The color of the hoopoe is used as camouflage.

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There are three species of this strangely beautiful bird with long, thin, curved beaks and spectacular crests of feathers. All species are reddish or sandy brown with lovely black and white stripes on the wings, tail and crest. The coloring acts as camouflage, as the bird typically forages on the ground. Its long beak allows it to probe underground in search of small reptiles and insects. It also eats seeds and berries. Still, the hoopoe is capable of flying, and the black and white pattern on its outstretched wings only adds to its appeal.

The hoopoe is about the size of the American robin, with a body length of 9.8 to 12.6 inches and a wingspan of 17 to 19 inches. They weigh between 1.6 and 3 ounces and are native to Africa, Europe and Asia.

6. Copperhead

Because of their color, copperheads are easy to hide on the ground.

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This venomous snake native to the southern United States is also handsome, with a reddish-brown band or hourglass shape on a light or pinkish-brown underside. It is a viper that uses a heat-seeking pit in its head to find its prey. It is not a large snake, rarely exceeding three feet in length, with males being larger than females. It hunts during the day during the cooler months but waits at night when the weather warms up. Its coloring helps camouflage it, and it freezes when it senses danger. People get bitten by snakes because they mistakenly wear sandals or step on them with bare feet.

Copperheads prefer to eat cicadas, but also other insects, arthropods such as spiders and millipedes, and small specimens of animals such as turtles, birds, frogs and rodents. Another interesting thing about this snake is that it can sometimes reproduce without the help of males.

7. Two-color Commodore

This beautiful brown Commodore has zigzags on its forewings and hindwings.

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This unusually beautiful butterfly is native to Southeast Asia. The Commodore is a nymphalidae with dark brown wings dotted with sunny yellow stripes on the forewings and shadowed white stripes on the hindwings. The margins of both the forewings and hindwings are serrated, and the insides of the forewings have darker marbling.

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This butterfly has a wingspan of about 3.25 inches and can be found at altitudes up to 8,200 feet in Pakistan, India and Myanmar. Beyond that, scientists know very little about how the Commodore bicolor lives in the wild.

8. Orizaba silk moth

Orizaba silkmoth has ring-shaped brown spots on the margin of the hindwing.


The wingspan of this giant moth is between 4.5 and 5.25 inches. It has a plump body and brown fur. There is a purple-brown white border on the near wing margin, and a ring-shaped brown spot on the hind wing margin. Both pairs of wings have triangular translucent "windows", and there are brown-edged and white-edged patches on the inner side of the forewings.

Orizaba silkmoth is native to South America, but is also found as far north as south Texas. Although scientists know the caterpillar is fat and green and has been successfully reared on privet, they're not sure what its host plant is in the wild. There are eight subspecies of Orizaba silkmoth.

9. Cougar

Cougars have a much smoother appearance than lions.

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While it might be tempting to put a lion in this place as a beautiful brown animal, the cougar has the edge because of its sleeker appearance. Pumas range from the Yukon Territory of Canada in the north to the Andes in South America in the south. It hints at how adaptable the big cat is and how successful it has been despite centuries of persecution. As of 2021, its conservation status is the least of concern.

This cat's fur is light brown, but there may be some white on the muzzle and underside. Its head is small relative to its body, while its claws are disproportionately large. The front legs are shorter than the hind legs, and the muscles of the hind legs allow the cat to jump on the back of prey, usually deer. Cougars are 3.5 to 6.5 feet long and weigh 150 to 230 pounds. Another thing that might make a cougar successful is that it lives alone, without a permanent home.

10. Kodiak

The Kodiak bear is the largest subspecies of the brown bear.

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The Kodiak bear is the largest subspecies of the brown bear. Smaller than a polar bear, it can weigh up to 1,320 pounds, stand 4 feet 4 inches at the shoulders, and stretch 8 feet from nose to tail. This bear is only found in the Kodiak Islands, and its numbers seem to be increasing.

Kodiak bears, like other brown bears, have round heads with small eyes and tiny ears. Its limbs are short but powerful relative to its body, and it has powerful, non-retractable claws on its front paws. While it usually exhibits brown fur, some bears have been known to have blond or black fur. Many people are surprised to learn that brown bears are primarily herbivores, eating grass, roots, berries, nuts and bulbs, and turning to salmon when they start running in May. Interestingly, the bears seem to really like the elderberry, preferring the berries even more when they ripen while the salmon is running.

Summary of 10 Beautiful Brown Animals

1 Cedar Waxwing
2 western banded gecko
3 whitetail deer
4 Dumerel's python
5 hoopoe
6 Copperhead
7 Commodore General
8 Orizaba silk moth
9 cougar
10 kodiak bear


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