Bird Families

Trumpet Bird of Paradise / Phonygammus keraudrenii

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The birds of paradise are striking creatures renowned for their unforgettable plumage. Males use it to attract mates. These birds are rare and have only been found in New Guinea and eastern Australia until now. Researchers continue to collect and study information about these incredible birds. One of the subspecies of these amazing creatures is Lophorina superb, the so-called wonderful bird of paradise with plumage Vantablack. In addition to her stunning appearance, she is also known for her complex courtship ritual. And recently, scientists discovered that what they thought was one species is actually two.

Evolutionary biologist Ed Scholes and bird watcher and photojournalist Tim Laman have collaborated for 15 years. Together they document all the species of these birds they have found. Their work led to the birth of the "Birds of Paradise" project at Cornell University. And the latest achievement was the discovery in New Guinea of ​​the wonderful bird of paradise Lophorina niedda as a separate species. This bird was originally referred to as Lophorina superb. And while they do look the same, there are slight differences in appearance and courtship rituals.

Both species have incredibly black plumage. Its color is so dark that it absorbs 99.95% of the light. This provides an impressive contrast when the bird exhibits bright turquoise markings during mating dances. A truly unforgettable sight!

Description

The manucode pipe is approximately 31 cm long. This has lengthened the horny head tufts and loose feathers on the neck. The plumage has a blackish blue, which is given a luster, green and purple color. It has a red iris, a long coiled trachea, and a blackish beak, mouth and legs. A woman resembles a man, but smaller in size and more dull in color.

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