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Birds Of Paradise


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Bird of Paradise - Cicinnurus magnificus
Bird of Paradise
Twelve-wired Bird of Paradise (Seleucidis melanoleuca)
Brown sickle bill Bird of Paradise
The birds of paradise are a group of birds that are found in the tropical rainforests of south east Asia, mainly in the jungles of Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and parts of eastern Australia.

Birds of paradise are best known for the beautiful array of feathers which are existent on the male birds of paradise, which the male bird of paradise uses to attract the attention of the surrounding female birds of paradise. As with many species of bird, the female birds of paradise are dull looking in comparison to their male counterparts and are generally smaller and have light brown feathers, and have a similar appearance to the nightingale.

There are around 50 different birds of paradise species that range in size from 15cm to over a meter in height. Many of the birds of paradise species are extremely rare and are only found in particular habitats and in certain places. The birds of paradise were unknown to the western world until 1996 when David Attenborough stunned the world with his footage of the incredible birds whilst on a trip to Papua New Guinea.

Many birds of paradise species feed on fruits and berries found in the canopy of the surrounding jungle. Some species however, are very partial to eating insects and other birds of paradise favour particular species of spider.

Birds of paradise are known to be the most dramatic and attractive birds in the world. The brightly coloured plumage of the male birds of paradise contains colours ranging from red, to yellow, to green and along with their unique dance moves, the male birds of paradise really stand out on the forest floor.

The beautiful, bright colours of the birds of paradise have made these birds a highly prized target for hunters and tribesman alike who use the brightly coloured feathers of the birds of paradise to create clothes and costumes. This practice and tradition has meant for enormous population declines for the birds of paradise, with some species being worse off than others.

Birds of paradise tend to be solitary birds and only come together to mate. The male bird of paradise attracts a female bird of paradise using his bright feathers and perfected dance routine. The female bird of paradise lays her eggs in a nest. Unlike many other species of bird, the birds of paradise can nest on ground level, in the trees or in dense foliage.

Birds of paradise chicks usually hatch within 20 days but the specific incubation period differs between species. The birds of paradise chicks are often born with no feathers at all although some hatchings are born with a few. The newly born birds of paradise chicks are unable to walk or stand and rely on the mother bird of paradise to find food. Birds of paradise chicks are usually independent by the time they are a month old.

Adult birds of paradise have very few natural predators in the wild but the more vulnerable birds of paradise chicks are preyed upon by large birds of prey and the odd snake. The main predator of the birds of paradise is the humans that live in settlements in the same habitat. Birds of paradise are also being continually threatened by deforestation and habitat loss.


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Birds Of Paradise Translations

Bulgarian български език
Райска птица
 
Danish Dansk
Paradisfugl
 
German Deutsch
Paradiesvögel
 
English English
Birds of Paradise
 
Esperanto Esperanto
Paradizeedoj
 
Spanish Español
Paradisaeidae
 
Finnish Suomi
Paratiisilinnut
 
French Français
Paradisaeini
 
Hebrew עִבְרִית
עדניים
 
Croatian Hrvatski
Rajske ptice
 
Hungarian Magyar
Paradicsommadár-félék
 
Indonesian Bahasa Indonesia
Burung-burung Cendrawasih
 
Italian Italiano
Paradisaeidae
 
Japanese 日本語
フウチョウ族 (Sibley)
 
Malay Bahasa Melayu
Burung Cenderawasih
 
Dutch Nederlands
Paradijsvogels
 
Polish Polski
Cudowronki
 
Portuguese Português
Ave-do-paraíso
 
Swedish Svenska
Paradisfåglar
 
Vietnamese Tiếng Việt
Họ Chim thiên đường
 
Chinese 中文
极乐鸟
 

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Birds Of Paradise Facts

Kingdom:
Five groups that classify all living things...
Animalia
Phylum:
A group of animals within the animal kingdom...
Chordata
Class:
A group of animals within a pylum...
Aves
Order:
A group of animals within a class...
Passeriformes
Family:
A group of animals within an order...
Paradisaeidae
Scientific Name:
Comprised of the genus followed by the species...
Paradisaeidae
Type:
The animal group that the species belongs to...
Bird
Diet:
What kind of foods the animal eats...
Omnivore
Size (H):
How long (L) or tall (H) the animal is...
15cm - 110cm (6in - 43in)
Wing Span:
The measurement from one wing tip to the other...
20cm - 120cm (7.9in - 47in)
Weight:
The measurement of how heavy the animal is...
50g - 430g (1.8oz - 15.2oz)
Life Span:
How long the animal lives for...
5 - 8 years
Lifestyle:
Whether the animal is solitary or sociable...
Solitary
Conservation Status:
The likelihood of the animal becoming extinct...
Least Concern
Colour:
The colour of the animal's coat or markings...
Black, White, Grey, Green, Brown, Blue, Yellow, Red
Skin Type:
The protective layer of the animal...
Feathers
Favourite Food:Insects
Habitat:
The specific area where the animal lives...
Tropical forest tree tops
Average Clutch Size:
The average number of eggs laif at once...
3
Main Prey:
The food that the animal gains energy from...
Insects, Fruit, Seeds, Berries
Predators:
Other animals that hunt and eat the animal...
Human, Snakes, Large Birds
Distinctive Features:
Characteristics unique to the animal...
Brightly coloured feathers and elaborate dance of males

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