The Bird of Paradise

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Description

  • The Birds of Paradise are found in four common colors: Yellow, Green, Blue, and Scarlet.
  • Males have vibrant feather riff or elongated feathers that they use to display for females.
  • Males have special and unique dances they do to attract attention from females.
  • Only 17 genres and 42 species of Birds of Paradise.
  • Small Birds of Paradise are about 50 grams / 1.8 ounces.
  • Big Birds of Paradise are about 448 grams / 15.8 ounces.
  • Can live up to 30 years in a zoo.
  • Incubation period can be for 14-20 days depending on the species.
  • Lay about 1(usual) to 3(rare) eggs.
  • Chicks fledge 20-30 days; reaches maturity in 1-2 years.

Food Chain and Habitat

  • The Birds of Paradise likes to eat insects, fruits, seeds and berries.
  • Can be found in Australia and Papua New Gunia.
  • Lives in the forest and other tropical and humid areas.
  • Lays eggs in the nest that are made from leaves and twigs.
  • Predators are: snakes, hawks, and owls.
  • Deforestation contributes to habitat lost.
  • Humans in some countries kill them for their decorative feathers and rituals.

Adaptations

  • The head is a certain color depending on the type of Bird of Paradise.
  • Feathers are modified as wings, wires, spatulas, tails, beads, or other shapes.
  • Most male Birds of Paradise have elongated vocal organs that allow them to make different voices and sounds than females.
  • Male Birds of Paradise are usually louder than females and make unique sounds to impress females.
  • The nest of the birds are cup shaped.
  • In some species they make nests on the ground for low vegetations. Others make it in branches for protection.

Reasons for Endangerment

  • A reason that the Birds of Paradise are endangered is because humans sell or use their feathers for decoration or ritual practices.
  • Another reason that these beautiful birds are endangered is because of major habitat loss.
  • Since people cut down trees of the rainforest, these birds are loosing their habitats in the trees.
  • But work is being done to save them. Governments have set up sanctuaries and zoos to help save these fascinating birds.
  • A way that someone can help is by contributing money to the sanctuaries and zoos to help protect them.
  • This will help save the birds from getting extinct.
  • Soon if everyone contributes these birds might not be endangered anymore.