Raggiana Bird-of-paradise

Paradisaea raggiana

The bird-of-paradise is famous for the male’s spectacular tail feathers, which grow up to three feet long. Generally solitary birds, males and females only come together to mate. Males gather in a common area called a lek to impress the ladies with an elaborate dance and display.

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They flash and shake their brilliantly-colored feathers, clap their wings over their backs, swing upside-down, and shriek wildly. Males mate with as many females as they can.

  • Since they have no need to call attention to themselves, females are dull in color and do not have extraordinarily long tail feathers.
  • The female builds a cup-shaped nest and raises the chicks all on her own.
  • Native people use the bird-of-paradise’s feathers in their traditional ceremonial dress.
  • The richly colored bird-of-paradise flower is named for its resemblance to the bird.

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where to see themWhere to see them: Wings of the World
lengthLength: Up to 13 in
weightWeight: 7 to 12 oz
habitatHabitat: Forest
dietDiet: Fruit, berries, insects, frogs, and lizards

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