Saturday, July 23, 2016

Bird Of Paradise Birds

Bird Of Paradise Birds: Facts, Pictures And Books About The Beautiful Birds Of Paradise


Antique bird of paradise print on Amazon
The Bird of Paradise birds are vividly colored creatures. These birds live in the trees of the jungles of Papua New Guinea, the Molucca Islands, and northern and western Australia. They are are best known for their brightly colored, unusual plumes and for their complex courtship behavior. Read more about them hereand watch beautiful birds of paradise live in their natural environment.

Facts About The Bird of Paradise Birds

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, bird of paradise plumes were used extensively for millinery, and the bird's scalps are still important in the ritual ornamentation of the aboriginal peoples of New Guinea.

Birds of paradise can be up to 40 inches long; this overall length includes 24 inch tail feathers in two species. Most birds of paradise have stocky bodies, short, rounded wings, relatively short legs, strong feet adapted for perching, and short, square tails. Their bills may be stout or long and curved.

In most bird of paradise species, the sexes are strikingly different in appearance. The male has elaborate plumes on his head, throat, back, wings, and tail. These plumes, which may be black, green, blue, red, orange, or yellow, become erect during the male's courtship display.

They are among the most bizarre of all bird feathers. Some are long and narrow and are twisted at the tips, while others are threadlike, and one species has a series of celluloid-like pennants the whole length of its 24 inch head plumes. In addition to colorful feathers, some males also have brilliant green or yellow coloring on the inside of the mouth. The females of these species are generally dull brown or green. In a few other, rather plain, bird of paradise species, however, the sexes are alike. They are completely black and have only a little blue or green on the throat or head.

Birds of paradise are sturdy, active birds, but they are generally not gregarious. Their voices are loud, harsh, and shrill. They usually feed on fruit, berries, seeds, insects, small lizards, and tree frogs.

Picture of Bird of Paradise: By markaharper1 CC-BY-SA-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Bird Of Paradise Birds Courtship: Watch the video, it is stunning to see 

The male begins his courtship display either alone on the forest floor or in a group in trees. The specialized plumes are erected or spread, and the bird moves about so that his iridescent feathers glint. Some courting males assume a horizontal position or hang upside down.

The gaudy plumage and courtship displays not only attract mates but also serve to reduce mating between different species or genera and thus limit wild hybridization. However, mated pairs do not form strong bonds and a large number of wild hybrids are known.

The female usually builds a bulky cup-shaped nest of twigs, stems, and leaves on a tree branch, but at least one species is known to nest in a tree cavity. The female then lays one or two pinkish white eggs marked with irregular longitudinal streaks. She generally incubates the eggs and alone cares for the young, although in some of the duller colored species, the male helps to feed the young.



Attenborough in Paradise and Other Personal Voyages

If you love nature and wildlife and decide to buy only one DVD this year, this is the one. I bought this one for my son (who loves wildlife) and it is fascinating! We have watched it dozens of time and it doesn't get old.

This is a 2 discs DVD. The first one will be of interest for bird of paradise enthusiasts. On this DVD you will see birds of paradise like you never did before, thank's to Attenborough's audacious trip to an unmapped part of New Guinea.






Watch this wonderful National Geographic short film:




More About Birds of Paradise Birds:


The Birds of Paradise Project: The birds-of-paradise are among the most beautiful creatures on earth—and an extraordinary example of evolutionary adaptation. On this site you can find what few have witnessed in the wild: the displays of color, sound, and motion that make these birds so remarkable. Then you can delve deeper, examining the principles that guided their evolution and the epic adventure it took to bring you all 39 species.


A Gallery of Bird Of Paradise Birds: Browse 'Histoire Naturelle des Oiseaux de Paradis et des Rolliers, suivie de celle des Toucans et des Barbus" by Fran├žois Levaillant and Jacques Barraband online on archive.org

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