Superb Bird-of-Paradise

The Laphorina superba (scientific name) or superb bird-of-paradise is found in the rainforests of New Guinea. 10.2 inches in length, this bird has one of the most elaborate plumages and courtship dances. The head and overall body plumage is jet black, excepting the feathers on the crown and the neck which are a gorgeous iridescent green blue colour and are erected during courtship. The black feathers on the head, nape and neck can be erected cape-like fashion making it resemble a smiley face. The female, however, is dull and brown. The diet varies seasonally but is comprised largely of invertebrates and fruits. An average clutch has 1-2 eggs which are incubated by the female alone for 18-19 days. Its IUCN listing is the LEAST CONCERN.

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