These all-American creatures decked out in red white & blue prove you don't have to be born on the Fourth of July to be a natural-born patriot.

 

Red-Crested Cardinal

Red-Crested Cardinal
With feathers of red, white and blue - albeit the latter are more slate blue than navy blue - the Red-crested Cardinal (Paroaria coronata) is a true all-American bird. With that said, the "American" refers to South America as this striking avian is native to sub-tropical portions of the southern continent. Its name is slightly misleading as well, since there is no relation between this red-crested bird and true Cardinals found across The United States and Canada. There's hope for northerners eager to glimpse a Red-crested cardinal in the flesh, er, feathers however: take a trip to Hawaii where these birds have been introduced and now thrive!  (patriotic animals image via Martin Belan   

 

Polka-Dot Wasp Moth

Polka-Dot Wasp Moth
The Polka-dot Wasp Moth (Syntomeida epilais jucundissima) is a native of the Caribbean region though it's gained a foothold in parts of Florida and southern Georgia. Feel free to admire this day-active insect up close should you see it; though it might resemble a wasp it's actually a moth and as such has no stinger. (patriotic animals image via Butterflies and Moths of North America   

 

Super Fancy Dragon Betta

Super Fancy Dragon Betta
Patriotic colors notwithstanding, fish of the genus Betta are native to southeast Asia. Once known as "Siamese Fighting Fish", likely to boost their popularity in the aquarium trade, bettas encompass several dozen subspecies of which Betta Splendans is just one of many. The remarkable tri-color fish above was described to owner Billy Wheeler as a "Super Fancy Dragon" by the breeder - can't argue about the "super fancy" part at least. (patriotic animals image via Billy's Betta's  

 

Rock Agama Lizard

Rock Agama Lizard
This Mwanza Flat-headed Rock Agama lizard (Agama mwanzae) from East Africa has become known as the "Spider-Man Agama" for obvious reasons. There's no "Spider-Woman Agama", however, since only the males of this species sport the distinctive coloration. (patriotic animals image via Amazing Creatures  

 

Blue Crab

Blue Crab
Blue Crabs (Callinectes sapidus) not only display red, white & blue tones on their shells, they have a long history with Americans living along the Atlantic coast southward to the northern shore of the Gulf of Mexico. Did you know the Blue Crab is the official State Crustacean of Maryland? Think about that next time you bite into a delicious traditional crab cake or dip into a pot of classic Louisiana Gumbo! (patriotic animals image via Chesapeake Bay Story)  

 

Eastern Wild Turkey

Eastern Wild Turkey
It's said that Benjamin Franklin championed the Eastern Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo silvestris) to be the nation's official bird over the Bald Eagle, and Ben had good reasons for his choice. For one thing, the pilgrims enjoyed turkey on the first and subsequent Thanksgivings. Secondly, turkeys like the one in the image above flush red white and blue when they're excited or stressed. They've got our vote! (patriotic animals image via International Science Times)     

 

Blue Fang Skeleton Tarantula

Blue Fang Skeleton Tarantula
The Blue Fang Tarantula (Ephebopus cyanognathus) is native to French Guiana in northern South America... like, those prisoners on Devil's Island didn't have enough to worry about. Blue Fang's are popular pets though they are known for being very speedy should they escape their terrarium. Pleasant dreams! (patriotic animals image via Chris Allen)   

 

Peacock Mantis Shrimp

Peacock Mantis Shrimp
The Peacock Mantis Shrimp (Odontodactylus scyllarus) is red, white and blue... and green and orange as well. Like most mantis shrimps, this species' main weapon is its "smashing" claw that imparts as much force as a .22 caliber handgun. So, a Second Amendment shrimp that will stand its ground, one might say. (patriotic animals image via Fun Divers)

 

Cherax Pulcher Crayfish

Cherax Pulcher Crayfish
You don't see a red white & blue crayfish everyday, and in fact this particular species was unknown to science until May of 2015 when German researchers discovered it in Hoa Creek, West Irian, Indonesia. The males of the species display brighter red and blue tones that contrast with the white undersides while the females are more uniformly blue and brown. (patriotic animals image via Science, Space & Robots)

 

Mandrill

Mandrill
Once thought to be baboons, mandrills (Mandrillus sphinx) are now recognized as the world's largest monkeys. They certainly are the most distinctive thanks to the males' brightly colored faces and nether regions. No less an authority than Charles Darwin stated that "no other member in the whole class of mammals is coloured in so extraordinary a manner as the adult male mandrill," and Darwin knew his way around the animal kingdom. Mandrills are native to forested regions of equatorial west Africa but due to human activity they're considered to be a vulnerable species. They were also a funk-rock band that formed in 1968 but that's another story for another time. (patriotic animals image via David Whelan)

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