ANIMAL

The king of birds of paradise, a living gem full of color and breathtaking beauty!(QP)

 

Not only is he the smallest but he is also described as the most colorful, which is probably why he is described as a living gem.

The Bird of Paradise (Cicinnurus regius) is a species of finches in the family Paradisaeidae (Birds of Paradise). Males are easily recognized by their bright red coloration and two long shafts of tail feathers, resembling decorative cords, as well as the circular swirl of feathers, which are bright green at the ends. Their belly is white and has a blue stripe across the chest.

By comparison, females are much less bright, with their backs, heads and throats olive brown and their chests a patchy buff.

These birds are endemic and fairly common throughout Papua New Guinea and many of the country’s western satellite islands.

Birds of paradise prefer to live in lowland tropical forests, corridor forests, forest edges, as well as high and disturbed secondary forests.

According to the IUCN, this bird of paradise is very common and widely distributed throughout its range, but there is no overall estimate of the population. This species is currently classified as Least Concern (LC) in the IUCN Red List and their numbers have remained relatively stable today.

The king of birds of paradise is polygamous, meaning that after mating, the male will continue to attract the next female. He will perform by perching upright on a branch, fluttering his wings and then keeping his body parallel to the branch, spreading his chest feathers and raising his tail over his head when dancing. He then swung his tail and body to the sides and ended up hanging upside down on a branch with his wings folded, swinging like a pendulum. The female will then build an open cup-shaped nest built in a tree hole and lay and incubate up to two eggs. The incubation period lasts up to 17 days, after hatching, the chicks will feed themselves and take care of the chicks until adulthood.

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