Beautiful Birds of Paradise Are Masters of Courtship Rituals – 5 Pictures + 5 Videos

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When you get the name bird of paradise, that means that you are probably very beautiful. Birds of paradise is a general term that describes a group of 39 species of tropical birds that live in eastern Australia and Indonesia, as well as Papua New Guinea. In addition to their wonderful plumage, they are also known for their strange and complex courtship rituals. So, without further ado, let's take a look at some of the most beautiful bird of paradise species.

Goldie's Bird of Paradise

This bird species is endemic to Papua New Guinea and was discovered by Scot Andrew Goldie after who it was also named. These birds are one of the most colorful birds of paradise, but they are considered to be vulnerable with the population size of 500. Males are around 30cm long and have beautiful green and yellow plumage. They also have gray breasts, with ornamental tails that are crimson. Females are brown with cinnamon undertones.

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Ribbon-Tailed Astrapia

This bird is actually discovered later than all other birds of paradise. Fred Shaw Mayer saw this bird species in 1938. They are similar in size to previously mentioned Goldie's bird of paradise. Males have tail feathers that can be three times longer than their bodies which is the biggest tail feathers to body relation size of all bird species in the world. Females have a brown body and iridescent head.

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Red Bird of Paradise

This bird is endemic to Indonesia and they are one of the rare birds of paradise where males are very similar to females. They have a dark-green face and a couple of black tails shaped like a corkscrew. They also have red ornamental tail plumes. The only big difference between males and females is in size because females are smaller and don't have these ornamental plumes.

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