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Post by Dragon on Wed Apr 18, 2018 4:43 pm

Newly publicized audiovisuals support full species status for one of the dancing birds-of-paradise in New Guinea. This new species, called the Vogelkop Superb Bird-of-Paradise, is found only in the island's far-western Bird's Head, or Vogelkop, region.

In a new paper published in the journal PeerJ, scientists "show and tell" half-a-dozen ways this form is distinct from the more widespread Superb Bird-of-Paradise, now called the Greater Superb Bird-of-Paradise—the bird known for its bouncy "smiley face" dance routine.

"After you see what the Vogelkop form looks like and acts like in the wild, there's little room for doubt that it is a separate species," says Ed Scholes with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology's Birds-of-Paradise Project. "The courtship dance is different. The vocalizations are different. The females look different. Even the shape of the displaying male is different."

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Post by Dragon on Wed Apr 18, 2018 4:46 pm

The species has an unusually low population of females, and competition amongst males for mates is intensely fierce. This has led the species to have one of the most bizarre and elaborate courtship displays in the avian world.

The superb bird-of-paradise is distributed throughout rain forests of New Guinea. The superb bird-of-paradise inhabits most commonly in rain forests or forest edges of Indonesia and Papua New Guinea. They can also be found inhabiting mountainous habitats of the forests in New Guinea.

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Post by Dragon on Wed Apr 18, 2018 4:48 pm



Deep in the forests of New Guinea there is a rich variety of life, each more bizarre than the last. One such spectacle is the male Bird of Paradise who appears to go to extraordinary lengths to attract a mate.

 

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Post by Dragon on Wed Apr 18, 2018 4:50 pm



In the tropical forests of New Guinea, one male is dedicated to making an unforgettable first impression.

 

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Post by Dragon on Wed Apr 18, 2018 4:51 pm



Sometimes a new species is hiding in plain sight...meet the Vogelkop Superb Bird-of-Paradise.

 

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