I was looking through the gallery earlier at some of the images zoochatters had taken of passerines and was struck by how beautiful many of these birds truly are. Doing a bit of background reading on a couple of these I was also struck by just how many of these are endangered and at risk of extinction (sometimes precisely because of their beauty or the beauty of their songs). I thought it would be interesting if I'd pose a question to zoochatters (many of whom I know to be avid birders) to list their favourite species of this order. What are in your opinion the top 10 most beautiful passerine birds ? Please also feel free to write your reasons for the species you select and what you find beautiful about them and any personal experiences with these that you would like to share. Look forward to hearing your replies O.C.