Birds of Paradise in Papua New Guinea

BBC radio 4 documentary about birds of paradise in Papa New Guinea

The birds of paradise are the most colourful family of birds. For hundreds of years they have fascinated naturalists, scientists and collectors with their beauty and spectacular courtship displays. Of the 43 kinds of bird of paradise, 38 inhabit the forests of Papua New Guinea. Long before the western world became aware of these birds, they were integrated into the culture of the people of Papua New Guinea and many traditional customs still exist today.

The Earthlife Web – The Birds of Paradise

There are 42 species of Birds of Paradise in 17 genera distributed mainly across the Islands of Papua New Guinea and Irian Jaya as well as in North Eastern Australia. Birds of Paradise are related to crows and all species have 10 primaries and 12 tail feathers.

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