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other males. Upon arrival of a female, the male moves his wings, the yellow plumes on his flanks, and his the twelve elongated tail feathers while jumping up and down on his branch and singing to impress the female.


This species can be seen in a zoological institution in Europe only in Weltvogelpark Walsrode. In the year 2008 Walsrode received a male twelve- wired bird of paradise, called ‘Van Dyke’, from Bronx Zoo in New York – nowadays already over 30 years of age! It was believed that this bird can be shown in the exhibition to the visitors but is not for breeding purposes anymore – but all were wrong! Despite the high age of the male, our female laid the first fertilized eggs in 2012, after being relocated to another enclosure in the rainforest hall! Since September 2012, a total of 7 chicks were already successfully hand reared.


In the wild, a female builds a shallow 10 BIRD SCENE


egg-cup shaped nest of small branches and leaves inside the bulky deep structure of pandanus bark and vines, which is padded with rootlets and plant fibres. It is mostly placed in palm trees up to 14 m above the ground. Normally, one egg, rarely two eggs are laid. After the incubation period of approximately 20 days the chick hatches. Three weeks later the nestling already leaves the nest. Our female made a nest by herself out of coconut fibres, twigs and leaves in her enclosure in our rainforest hall. The pair is housed in a large aviary, but the male was always very interested in the nest and the female, and he destroyed the first eggs that were laid by the female. To make sure that no more eggs of this rarely kept bird species would get lost, all eggs laid by the female were now transferred into an artificial incubator. This way we could secure the eggs and rear 7 young birds successfully! Due to the fact that this species is so rare


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