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Belonging to the Paradisaeidae family, Wilson' bird of paradise (cicinnurus respublica) lives on Waigeo and Batanta islands in West Papua, Indonesia. These birds have the unmistakable outlook with eye-catching scarlet, yellow, green and blue plumage.
Wilson's bird of paradise is the world's most beautiful bird
Specifically, the turquoise dome of Wilson' bird of paradise is hairless. It's just bare skin. The two long curved tail feathers also play an important role in helping the males attract partners.
Like many other birds of paradise, only the males look colorful and brilliant. The females have light brown plumage with dark blue dome.
To attract the attention of females, males clean the leaves or debris to create their own stages in the forest. On the flat ground, they will perform by passing from branch to branch, bending the body in various postures, spreading the colorful iridescent plumage and chirping. Not just shake head, lean neck or turn up tail, sometimes males also open their mouths in front of females to convince their partner.
A Wilson's bird of paradise is trying to get its partner's attention
Wilson's bird of paradise was discovered in 1850 but nearly 150 years later, its courtship dance was recorded by the famous naturalist David Attenborough in the wild.
By: Thomas Banks