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Repost: (Birds of) Paradise by the Dashboard Light


Superb Bird-of-Paradise Lophorina superba mating dance
Superb Bird-of-Paradise Lophorina superba mating dance
Can you imagine how you’d react if someone worked that hard for your attention? Me neither, but I’m sure I would be more enthused than this.

4/28/15: Male birds of paradise have it rough. Sure, they’re gorgeous to look at and spectacular dancers, but their potential mates, while not looking so hot themselves, are really, really choosy. The females seem permanently unimpressed, like models in a sports bar.

I guess it makes sense from an evolutionary perspective, but still, it makes me feel bad for the poor guys. And would it kill the females to fix themselves up a little? Sheesh! Throw on some lipstick, make a bit of effort. Have some pride!

Anyway, here’s an excerpt from the 2007 feature-length documentary, “Earth,” narrated by my idol, Patrick Stewart. The segment does a great job illustrating this epic battle of the sexes. (NOTE: BBC took down the excerpt, but I left the reference, because it’s a magnificent documentary and I highly recommend it. Instead, here’s some other beautiful BBC bird of paradise footage!)

If, like me, you want more, you can learn all about these amazing creatures at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Cornell’s resources include the wonderful introductory video below which shows a glimpse of many of the 39 species of Bird of Paradise. It also gives some idea of the herculean effort the lab took in capturing these birds’ images and sounds. This is a very committed group of people!

There’s also a quite good BBC Birds of Paradise documentary on you YouTube if you have the time. Here’s a fascinating excerpt.

After I watched that, I found myself even more fascinated by the birds, I couldn’t resist including pictures of a few of my favorites. They really are amazing.

Greater Bird-of-Paradise Paradisaea apoda
Greater Bird-of-Paradise (Paradisaea apoda)
Victoria's Rifelbird Ptiloris victoriae
Magnificent Riflebird (Ptiloris magnificus)
King Bird-of-Paradise Cicinnurus regius
King Bird-of-Paradise (Cicinnurus regius)
Stephanie's Astrapia Astrapia stephaniae
Stephanie’s Astrapia (Astrapia stephaniae)
Carola's Parotia Parotia carolae
Carola’s Parotia (Parotia carolae)
Western Parotia sefilata
Western Parotia (Parotia sefilata)
Black Sickelbill Epimachus fastosus
Black Sickelbill (Epimachus fastosus)
Wilson's Bird-of-Paradise Cicinnurus respublica
Wilson’s Bird-of-Paradise (Cicinnurus respublica)
Ribbon-Tailed Astrapia mayeri
Ribbon-Tailed Astrapia (Astrapia mayeri)
Goldie's Bird-of-Paradise Paradisaea decora
Goldie’s Bird-of-Paradise (Paradisaea decora)
Splendid Astrapia splendidissima
Splendid Astrapia (Astrapia splendidissima)
Blue Bird-of-Paradise Paradisaea rudolphi
Blue Bird-of-Paradise (Paradisaea rudolphi)

Author: Donna from MyOBT

I have committed to spending part of every day looking for at least one beautiful thing, and sharing what I find with you lovelies!

5 thoughts on “Repost: (Birds of) Paradise by the Dashboard Light

  1. The awesomeness of our Creator.

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  2. Donna had a surprise for me this AM. I thought before I got to here, this about the plant, Bird of Paradise. Yes, I probably, many years ago heard or seen something about the bird but being a plant lover, I vaguely remember it. So, I enjoyed learning more about this being a female dominated planet, which I already knew. Hal

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