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Photo by @TimLaman. A female Goldie’s Bird-of-Paradise appears mesmerized by the crimson-red plumes of the male as he performs his head-down courtship display. If you look carefully, you can see that the wire-like feathers of his tail are touching her undersides. Does this species’ courtship have an important tactile component like the Twelve-wired Bird-of-Paradise does? It sure looks like it. @birdsofparadiseproject #CornellLabofOrnithology #birdsofparadise #yearofthebird #PapuaNewGuinea @TimLaman

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4 days ago

Photo by @TimLaman. A male Goldie’s Bird-of-Paradise flaps his wings while calling during a courtship display. Like the Red Bird-of-Paradise, this species is also an island endemic with a tiny distribution. It is found on only two islands, Fergusson and Normanby, in the D’Entrecasteaux chain off the eastern end of Papua New Guinea. The most extraordinary feature of the males, beyond their crimson-colored flank plumes, is their dynamic vocal repertoire. Male Goldie’s usually display in a pair of two males and vocalize in male-male “duet”. @birdsofparadiseproject #CornellLabofOrnithology #birdsofparadise #yearofthebird #PapuaNewGuinea @TimLaman

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14 days ago

Video by @TimLaman for BBC ‘Planet Earth 2’. A male Red Bird-of-Paradise courts a female at close range on a branch of a high canopy display site on Waigeo Island in the Raja Ampat Islands of Indonesia. This clip is part of the birds-of-paradise sequence in the “Jungles” episode of the BBC’s landmark series Planet Earth 2. @birdsofparadiseproject #CornellLabofOrnithology #birdsofparadise #yearofthebird #WestPapua #IndonesiaBiodiversity #Indonesia #RajaAmpat #PlanetEarth2 @BBCAmerica @TimLaman

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17 days ago

Photo by @TimLaman. A male Red Bird-of-Paradise caught in a dramatic pose while calling during a courtship display from his tree-top display perch. Behind him are the two extraordinary ribbon-like central tail feathers, which have the look and feel of plastic. The surface of these feathers is fused so that there are no discernable branches off the central shaft as in a typical feather. The other species in the genus also have elongated tail feathers, but the ribbons of the Red Bird-of-Paradise are the most unusual. @birdsofparadiseproject #CornellLabofOrnithology #birdsofparadise #yearofthebird #WestPapua #IndonesiaBiodiversity #Indonesia #RajaAmpat @TimLaman

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21 days ago

Photo by @TimLaman. With wings lifted and partially spread, a male Red Bird-of-Paradise performs a part of his courtship display from his tree-top display site. One of the most distinctive features of this species are the elongated, iridescent emerald-green feathers above each eye, which form an unusual facial ornament during display. @birdsofparadiseproject #CornellLabofOrnithology #birdsofparadise #yearofthebird #WestPapua #IndonesiaBiodiversity #Indonesia #RajaAmpat @TimLaman

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24 days ago

Photo by @TimLaman. As dawn breaks, a male Red Bird-of-Paradise prepares for his morning courtship ritual at the top of the forest canopy. Found only on the Indonesian islands of Batanta, Gam and Waigeo in the Raja Ampat Group west of New Guinea, this species has evolved in isolation from its nearest relatives on the mainland. While not the only member of the genus with red plumes or even the reddest bird-of-paradise species (a distinction that goes to the King Bird-of-Paradise), the common English name of this species nevertheless comes from the rich crimson color of its elongate flank plumes. @birdsofparadiseproject #CornellLabofOrnithology #birdsofparadise #yearofthebird #WestPapua #IndonesiaBiodiversity #Indonesia #RajaAmpat @TimLaman

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25 days ago

Photo by @TimLaman. High in the canopy, two male Emperor Birds-of-Paradise simultaneously drop tail first to hang upside down in the peak of their display. Group courtship display areas, called leks, are a hallmark of most species in the genus Paradisaea (the Blue Bird-of-Paradise being the exception). This species is found only in the mountains of the Huon Peninsula in northeastern Papua New Guinea. @birdsofparadiseproject #CornellLabofOrnithology #birdsofparadise #yearofthebird #PapuaNewGuinea @TimLaman

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1 month ago

Photo by @TimLaman. A male Blue Bird-of-Paradise performs his bizarre upside-down courtship display. With its striking blue plumage, unusual behavior and pulsating courtship song, this species is the most distinctive member of the genus Paradisaea. When preparing to display, the male drops backwards, tail first, to hang upside down for an extended time while the female, if present, sits directly above looking down at him. @birdsofparadiseproject #CornellLabofOrnithology #birdsofparadise #yearofthebird @TimLama

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1 month ago

Photo by @TimLaman. A male Blue Bird-of-Paradise pauses while foraging for fruit. The brilliant blue feathers of the wings and tail lead many people to say that this specie is the most beautiful of all the birds-of-paradise. What do you think? This species is a member of the next group we’re featuring in our “meet the birds-of-paradise” series, which arguably the most iconic group of all – the 7 species in the genus Paradisea. @birdsofparadiseproject #CornellLabofOrnithology #birdsofparadise #yearofthebird @TimLaman

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2 months ago

Photo by @timlaman. A male Victoria’s Riflebird calls from his courtship display post. This species is the third in our series of the Riflebird birds-of-paradise. Victoria’s Riflebirds look very similar to the Paradise Riflebird, but they are smaller and found on in the Atherton region of tropical northern Queensland, Australia. Although visible when calling, the bright yellow mouth of the male is also the main feature of gaping display in which the male stands with his mouth wide open for an extended time. @birdsofparadiseproject #CornellLabofOrnithology #birdsofparadise #Australia #yearofthebird @TimLaman

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2 months ago

Photo by @TimLaman. A male Victoria’s Riflebird performs a circular-wing display on the top of his tree-stump display pole. The shape of the male’s wing feathers are rounded at the tips, which gives the spread wings the unusual rounded shape. While in this pose, the male also raises and lowers himself with his legs in a slow, rhythmic way, all the while tracking the female if she moves left or right. @birdsofparadiseproject #CornellLabofOrnithology #birdsofparadise #Australia #yearofthebird @TimLaman

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3 months ago

Photo by @TimLaman. Another look at the fantastic courtship display of the male Magnificent Riflebird, but this time we have a view from the front. As the male whips his head from wing to wing, the feathers of the throat and upper breast become a mere blur of brilliant blue. Note how the male’s wings have an unusual rounded shape, which have evolved under the influence of sexual selection to serve as ornaments for courtship in addition to their more normal use for flight. @birdsofparadiseproject #CornellLabofOrnithology #birdsofparadise #yearofthebird @TimLaman

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3 months ago

Photo by @TimLaman. A male Magnificent Riflebird from West Papua, Indonesia performs a courtship display while a female observes and interacts at close range. For display, the male spreads his wings to the sides and whips his head vigorously from side to side while rhythmically bouncing up and down and moving along the vine. Given that his head is always hidden behind one wing or the other, it’s amazing that he can even see where the female is during this impressive performance. @birdsofparadiseproject #CornellLabofOrnithology #birdsofparadise #Indonesia #yearofthebird @TimLaman

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3 months ago

Photo by @TimLaman. The oddly twisted neck of this male Magnificent Riflebird reveals a beautiful range of metallic blue and purple hues from the ornamental feathers along his throat and upper breast. This species, the second riflebird species we’re featuring in our “meet the birds-of-paradise” series is found in the lowland forests and foothills throughout both Indonesian New Guinea and Papua New Guinea as well as parts of the Cape York peninsula of northeastern Australia. The large vine this male is perching on is type preferred for courtship displays in this species. @birdsofparadiseproject #CornellLabofOrnithology #birdsofparadise #Indonesia #PapuaNewGuinea #Australia #yearofthebird @TimLaman

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