Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Creature Feature #56: Bird-of-Paradise

The Birds-of-Paradise are part of a Passerine Family who m ake their home in Papua New Guinea and its surrounding islands. The males are noteworthy for their elaborate plumage which can include crests; tail plumes or other flamboyant feathering, all of which is displayed in a colourful and quite complicated courtship dance. Sometimes the females he attracts may be different species, and hybrids are not unknown. Outside of these mating rituals, he pursues a frugivorous diet, and is an important agent in seed dispersion throughout the rainforest.

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