World's Most beautiful Birds: Birds of Paradise

These are worlds most beautiful birds.They have gorgeous and enormous head plumes and other distinctive ornaments, such as breast shields or head fans. Also have particular highly elongated and elaborate feathers extending from the beak, wings or head. 
 This Plant looks like a beautiful bird... But infact its a plant, "Strelitzia reginae" indigenous to South Africa.
(Thanks to Sanet Boshoff for the correction)

Contrary to humans (where females use their ornaments and beauty to attract males) Males of these birds put their bright colors and unusual ornaments to good use when they display for females.

Their elaborate dances, poses, and other rituals accentuate their appearance and put on a phenomenal show for both female birds and any humans lucky enough to be in the vicinity. Such displays can last for hours, and in many species they consume a significant part of the male's time.

The trade in their skins and feathers has been going on for more than 2000 years, and the birds have been of considerable interest to collectors.


Unknown said...

The first picture is that of Strelitzia reginae. A plant indigenous to South Africa

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