List of 47 Interesting Purple Animals in English

For centuries, the color purple was considered as the most expensive color that only kings and nobles can afford to wear purple clothes. Although purple pigments are now common in the modern world, it is still a rare color in nature especially in animals as it is very difficult to produce the color biologically.

If you’re fond of the color purple, then here are twelve (12) of the purple animals that feature this majestic color in their biology.

Purple Animals

Purple Animals

What are Purple Animals?

From the Amethyst Starling to Spanish Shawl, here is the list of animals in purple as well as a few facts about them.

List of Purple Animals

  • Amblyodipsas
  • Amethyst Starling
  • Colombian Woodnymph
  • Costa’s Hummingbird
  • Crowned Woodnymph
  • Elegant Firefish
  • Glutinous Snail
  • Great purple emperor
  • Heteractis Magnifica
  • Indian Purple Frog
  • Indigo Snake
  • Japanese paradise flycatcher
  • Longhorn Beetle
  • Magnificent Sea Anemone
  • Nudibranch
  • Ochre Starfish
  • Orchid Dottyback
  • Palawan purple crab
  • Purple Polar Bear
  • Purple Squirrel
  • Purple dye murex
  • Purple emperor
  • Purple frog
  • Purple Gallinule
  • Purple Grenadier
  • Purple Honeycreeper
  • Purple Martin
  • Purple Polar Bear
  • Purple Sea Anemone
  • Purple sea slug
  • Purple sea star
  • Purple sea urchins
  • Purple Starfish
  • Purple Starling
  • Purple Swamphen
  • Purple-Breasted Cotinga
  • Purple-crowned Woodnymph
  • Purplish-mantled Tanager
  • Spanish Shawl
  • Splendid Sunbird
  • Varied Bunting
  • Viole-Crowned Woodnymph
  • Violet coral
  • Violet Sabrewing
  • Violet-Backed Starling
  • Violet-bellied Hummingbird
  • Violet-Crowned Woodnymph

Facts of Purple Animals

Amethyst Starling (Cinnyricinclus leucogaster)

  • The beautiful bird with a purple-colored back is known for its amazing singing voice that bird lovers commonly record its sound as it can definitely brighten any day.

Colombian Woodnymph (Thalurania colombica)

  • It is one of the most common purple animals found in Colombia, Belize, Guatemala, and Peru.

Costa’s Hummingbird (Calypte costae)

  • During courtship, the male birds of this species display their iridescent purple throat that looks like a big purple mustache to attract the female birds.

Indian Purple Frog (Nasikabatrachus sahyadrensis)

  • These purple-colored reptiles are endemic to the Western Ghats in India and are now facing extinction as locals hunt them for food.

Longhorn Beetle (Cerambycidae)

  • Aside from its distinctive antenna, a longhorn beetle can be easily identified by its metallic purple color that seems to flash in its brilliance.

Ochre Starfish (Pisaster ochraceus)

  • There are thousands of species of starfish, but the stunning purple color of the ochre starfish makes it stand out among the rest.

Orchid Dottyback (Pseudochromis fridmani)

  • The majestic purple color of this fish species can easily leave anyone mesmerized and this is the reason why they are one of the most popular fishes that collectors keep in their aquariums.

Purple Sea Anemone (Heteractis crispa)

  • It is a purple sedentary marine coelenterate that resembles the beauty of the anemone flower.

Purple Emperor Butterfly (Apatura iris)

  • The male purple emperor is an unmistakable butterfly as it features a shiny purple color with white bands across its wings and orange markings in its eyes.

Purple Grenadier (Granatina ianthinogaster)

  • One can easily differentiate a male Purple Grenadier from a female as the latter are less vibrant in color while the former features a striking purple color, especially at the center of its breast.

Purple Martin (Progne subis)

  • It is a passerine bird known not only for its beautiful color but also its noise as this bird frequently creates rattling or croaking sounds.

Spanish Shawl (Flabellinopsis iodinea)

  • It is a species of aeolid nudibranch common to the west coast of North America.


Purple is a color that symbolizes dignity and since the color is rare in nature, finding a purple animal will always be a mesmerizing experience.