Wilson’s Bird-of-Paradise

Wilson’s Bird-of-Paradise (Cicinnurus respublica):

Wilson's Bird-of-Paradise

Wilson’s Bird-of-Paradise

Wilson’s Bird-of-Paradise is a small Passerine bird found on only two islands in Indonesia, Waigeo and Batanta. They typically inhabit forested hill areas, though they have also been found in forests of both lower and higher elevations. In the field the blue bare skin on the crown is so vivid one could read by it at night, the deep scarlet back and velvet green breast are lush, and the curlicue tail gleams bright silver. The BBC film Attenborough in Paradise shows these outrageous colors and its remarkable display . which was the first to obtain videos of this exotic creature. Adult males use their spectacular plumage to attract mates. They enter well lit clearings, where the sun can reflect off their colorful feathers, and perform intricate song and dance rituals to impress potential partners.

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