Photo credit: Tim Laman/National Geographic. These and other differences—published in the journal PeerJ by Scholes and Laman—were enough to suggest this was a new species. In fact, once the male bird opens its plumage, it doesn’t look like a bird at all. After carefully and meticulously preparing a "dance floor" (even scrubbing the dirt or branch smooth with leaves), the male first attracts a female with a loud call. Scholes and Laman knew the population of Superb Bird-of-Paradise found there sang a different song than individuals elsewhere in New Guinea, so they set up their gear to record the bird’s courtship behavior—the first time the behavior of this western population had ever been filmed. The aptly named “superb bird-of-paradise” is fascinating to behold, especially when it’s performing its courtship dance. This bird slid from side to side instead of hopping, and its feathers fanned out to a crescent instead of an oval. The male bird attracts the female bird with his brightly colored feathers and dance routine. The bird is seen dancing in an interesting rhythm flaunting its beautiful wings and swirling its colourful tail in an attempt to charm a female from its community. Say what now? The species shot to stardom after the male’s courtship dance appeared on David Attenborough’s Planet Earth series. The Superb Bird-of-Paradise (now called the Greater Superb Bird-of-Paradise) is a somewhat well-known bird. The research is the first to suggest that it is the combination of physical and behavioral traits that enable elaborate plumages and behaviors to evolve in the first place. The Vogelkop superb bird-of-paradise dances on the forest floor. Checkout the impressive spiral tail feathers on Wilson's bird-of-paradise (Cicinnurus respublica). Lovely choices of photographs. The male Wilson's bird of paradise performs an intricate courtship dance for the female in an ‘arena’ which he must tidy, removing leaves and unwanted items so that his amazing colors will be the center of attention. Is that a dish? Get a round-up of all our stories published during the past week delivered to your email every Saturday. The ribbon-tailed astrapia (Astrapia mayeri), another species of bird-of-paradise, is so named for its two extremely long, ribbon-like white tail feathers. The species has an unusually low population of females, and competition amongst males for mates is intensely fierce. The female is rather drab. As in other species of this family, only the male superb bird-of-paradise posses the spectacular ornamental plumage consisting of an iridescent green crown, a blue-green “breast shield” that can be erected during courtship and long velvety black feathers on the back that can also be erected to form a cape. In 2016, Cornell Lab of Ornithology researcher Ed Scholes and photographer Tim Laman were on a multimedia expedition for the Birds-of-Paradise Project in the far western region of New Guinea, called the Bird’s Head (or Vogelkop) peninsula, when they happened to hear a distinctive song. The Superb Bird of Paradise, Lophorina superba,is the only member in the genus Lophorina. The male birds display the flexibility of their feathers and body shape, which is emphasized with bright extraordinary colors that would put a painting to shame. For a mating display, the male fans its feathers out to form a pitch-black oval highlighted by electric-blue feathers—suggesting a smile and a pair of eyes—and hops excitedly around a female. funded by donors like you. The species shot to stardom after the male’s courtship dance appeared on David Attenborough’s Planet Earth series. A new species? The male ribbon-tailed astrapia has the longest tail feathers in relation to body size of any bird, over three times the length of its body. The resulting catalogue of photographs, audio and video, called the Birds of Paradise Project, included several unique records of the elusive birds and their mating rituals.. The transformation is so complete, so bizarre that all the female sees is a black disk with an electric blue smiley-like face. Hello! After genetic analysis, officials have agreed to include the riflebirds (formerly assigned to the genus Ptiloris) in the present genus. The Vogelkop Superb Bird-of-Paradise (Lophorina niedda) is confirmed to be an entirely new species, thanks to its distinctive dance. It was considered the sole species in the genus until in 2017 it was recognised that there were three species (L. superba, Lophorina minor, and Lophorina niedda). Checkout the Birds-of-Paradise Project for more information, pictures and videos about these magnificent birds. The transformation is so complete, so bizarre that all the female sees is a black disk with an electric blue smiley-like face. No. A correction: the photo of the bird-of-paradise with blue wings is a blue bird-of-paradise rather than superb, which is what it is currently labelled as. A video of a mating dance by the rare species of birds, superb bird of paradise has gone viral on the Internet and Twitterati is super amused. The aptly named “superb bird-of-paradise” is fascinating to behold, especially when it’s performing its courtship dance. Other species of the ‘bird-of-paradise’ family are also pretty spectacular. Description. © Amusing Planet, 2020. All members of this family have elaborate plumage and display bizarre courtship rituals. But as Scholes and Laman watched this new western bird’s routine, they noticed subtle novelties in the display. 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