October 1, 2016 – Twelve-wired Bird-of-paradise or Twelve-wired Paradise Bird (Seleucidis melanoleucus)

These birds-of-paradise are found in parts of New Guinea and Indonesia. They eat fruits, arthropods, small vertebrates, such as lizards and frogs, and nectar. Males perform elaborate courtship displays from exposed perches, brushing their wiry tail feathers across the faces of females. Their elaborate and colorful plumage takes seven years to grow in completely. Like many other bird-of-paradise species, females build the nests and care for the chicks alone.

You can see their displays here.


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