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BREEDING THE TWELVE-WIRED BIRD OF PARADISE IN WELTVOGELPARK WALSRODE


colourful and very exceptional plumage of the males. The small, up to middle sized passerine birds mostly live in the dense rain forests of New Guinea, but some species can also be found on the Maluku islands and in the northern part of east Australia. Due to its famous inhabitants New Guinea is also called the ‘island of birds of paradise’. The national emblem as well as the flag of the independent state of Papua New Guinea even show a bird of paradise! In total 42 species are recognized in the family ‘Paradisaeidae’ and the majority of the males have iridescent and brightly coloured plumage on their back, breast and tail feathers. During courtship the shining colours and feathers are presented to a female at special ‘leks’, or within the territory of a certain female. Therefore, the males of many species clear the ground or branches from foliage to be able to better draw


B 06 BIRD SCENE


irds of paradise are among the world’s most known and famous bird species due to the often


attention to themselves. Most species are polygynous, meaning that a male mates with multiple females, which are rather dully coloured with their brown-yellow plumage to blend in with their habitat. They alone care for the incubation of the eggs and the rearing of the young without the help of the male. From trading expeditions in the early


AGE IS NOT AN OBSTACLE!


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