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Lesser Bird-of-paradise (M)

Lesser Bird-of-paradise (M)
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Copyright: Ang Hwee Yong (Meerkat) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 20 W: 0 N: 896] (5258)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-08-09
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300, AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR
Exposure: f/4, 1/80 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-08-12 8:07
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Points: 12
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(Notes from Birdforum)
Lesser Bird-of-paradise

32cm (excluding tail wires).

Emerald-green lores, forehead, ear-coverts, malar area, chin and throat
Pale orangy-yellow rest of head
Yellow extending onto nape and mantle, blending into mid-brown of back and wing
Orangy-yellow shoulder bar
Pale brown tail with two grossly elongated central feathers, forming two wires
Grossly elongated filamental flank plumes yellow at base, fading to dirty white. Almost as long as wires
Dark maroon-brown breast and underparts
Yellow eye
Bluish-grey bill
Pinkish-flesh mouth

Dark brown head grading to paler buff on nape and mantle
Mid-brown to dark brown remaining upperparts
Dark brown throat
White rest of underparts with pinkish brown wash

Juveniles undescribed. Immature males similar to females.

Lowland and hill forest. Also in second growth, on forest edge and swamp-forest. Occurs from sea-level up to 1550m.

Feeds mostly on fruits, takes also arthropods.
Forages also in mixes-species flocks with other Birds-of-paradise or in flocks of New Guinea Babbler.
Breeding season at least from July to February. A polygynous species. Up to twelve males form a lek in a tree (or some trees). The defioliate the trees. If a female arrive the males start to display. Several static postures and a dance are part of the courtship.
The female builds and attends the nest alone. The nest is a bulky open cup made of twigs, sticks, vines and dead leaves. It's placed in a tree. Lays 1 - 2 eggs with dark markings.
Presumably a resident species.

Found in western and northern New Guinea and on Yapen and Misool Island.
Still common in parts of its range.

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照的清晰 第一次見到這奇特的鳥 很新奇 顏色真是奇妙的配比
尤其剛看鳥上半身時 還以為是畫的
等打開檔案才覺得是真實的鳥 光線柔和
構圖漂亮 謝謝分享

Wonderful pic of a wonderful bird.
best regards

Hello Ang,
I thought it's a painting.Then use Google and got rid from my wrong thinking.
Amazing specie.Dramatic sequence in a dreamy world.
Thanks for sharing,

Beautiful bird and very nicely captured. Soft background is adding more beauty to the snapshot.Thanks for sharing. Best Regards,


A very fine shot!



Hello Ang,
Woohh..Really never seen this species before in my life.
Still I can not believe that it's a real bird.This is the creation of God.God made these kind of thing by his own hand and Some people are trying to destroy these.
Mastic natural color and details.Great composition and framing.
Thank you very much for sharing this pic.


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