2013 Bonanza Bird #19: King Bird-of-paradise

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.

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).

king bird of paradise

Tomorrow's new Bonanza bird makes a sound like another animal, and that's how it got its name. bonanza-2013-preview-20

Comments

Dominic Morrell on July 19, 2013 at 11:40 AM wrote:
Grey Catbird?
nuthatches are awesome on July 19, 2013 at 9:14 PM wrote:
Gray Catbird
Louise Warner on February 23, 2017 at 4:21 PM wrote:
grey catbird
Spurwing Plover on May 22, 2022 at 5:27 PM wrote:
Riflebird
Spurwing Plover on June 4, 2022 at 7:08 AM wrote:
Dose his Dance upside down

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