Exotic Birds of Paradise

We’re highlighting some beautiful, eye-catching, and unique birds today on Light Future Art: Birds of Paradise!

Tropical Bird of Paradise1. There are 42 species of Birds of Paradise, which live in Indonesia, Australia, New Guinea, and the surrounding islands. They can be found in the treetops of tropical forests.

2. Birds of Paradise are omnivorous. They have a diet of fruits, seeds, and berries, as well as insects. Some Birds of Paradise also eat spiders.

3. The Birds of Paradise select the most colorful and extravagant feather displays to pass on to their chicks, by way of only the most vibrant attracting the attention of the duller-feathered females. The courtship involves dances to show off their long ornamental feathers and song. Males have even been observed to decorate a stage for themselves to perform on, leaving a convenient perch from which the female can watch him.

 

Greater Bird of Paradise
Greater Bird of Paradise

4. There are no natural predators to Birds of Paradise, which may be why they have been able to evolve such ornamental feathers.

5. Greater Birds of Paradise perform in groups of up to 20 individuals. It has been shown that females prefer males who are coordinated well with the group.

6. The size of Birds of Paradise varies. The smallest is the King Bird of Paradise, measuring approximately 6 inches. The largest is the Black Sicklebill, measuring a little over three feet long.

7. While the King Bird of Paradise is also the lightest Bird of Paradise, the heaviest Bird of Paradise is not the Black Sicklebill but the Curl-crested Manucode.

 

Bright Red Bird of Paradise8. Although most Birds of Paradise species are polygamous and very sexually dimorphic (males and females have different appearances), a few species have females and males who look similar. These species tend to be monogamous.

9. Each species of Bird of Paradise makes a different range of calls and these calls are not thoroughly researched yet. Some of the sounds that different species make are musical whistles, squawks, noises that sound mechanical, and more.

10. In large Bird of Paradise species, the clutch size is usually just one egg, but smaller species may have two or three eggs in a clutch. The mother tends to raise the chicks on her own. The chicks fledge around a month old but may stay with their mother for several more weeks before becoming independent.

 

 

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