There are some 42 species of Birds of Paradise in the family Paradisaeidae.
(The names are also used for a family of plants from the neotropics.)
The birds are found mainly on the island of New Guinea, but also extend south to south-east Queensland, and west to some northern Moluccan islands in Indonesia.
They are thought to have the most colourful and varied feathers of any family of birds. They are best known for their elaborate and colourful plumage, rivalled only by the pheasants of tropical Asia.
The males of the better known polygamous species perform elaborate display dances to entice the duller coloured females. Thus, they are among the most elaborate examples of the development of sexual selection.
(They are not all stunning, however, and there are some duller species, and even a few that might be considered 'ugly', like the glossy black Manucodes.)
yea, yea, very pretty....but where can I see these spectacular birds?
where to see birds of paradise