We’re adding one new bird each day until we reach our 500th Birdorable species on the last day of July. Today’s Bonanza bird is the King Bird-of-paradise.
The King Bird-of-paradise is the smallest of the bird-of-paradise family. It lives in Papau New Guinea and on outlying islands. Males are stunning with red body plumage, a white chest, blue feet, and long green-tipped tail feathers that extend nearly five inches from end to end.
All male birds-of-paradise have remarkable colorful plumage and special feathers that they use in dances or other rituals in order to attract females. This short video shows a male King Bird-of-paradise performing part of its dance.
King Bird-of-Paradise video copyright Cornell Lab of Ornithology
If you’d like to see more King Bird-of-paradise action, check out this video from the Smithsonian: Dancers on Fire: King Bird-of-Paradise. It includes a female King Bird-of-paradise, so you can clearly see that the species is sexually dimorphic (males and females have different plumage).
Tomorrow’s new Bonanza bird makes a sound like another animal, and that’s how it got its name.