The stunning blue feathers of this bird are complemented by his graceful dance during courtship. Allow me to introduce you to the Blue Bird-of-Paradise.
The blue bird-of-paradise, scientifically known as Paradisornis rudolphi, is a stunning and sizeable type of bird-of-paradise. It is unique to the Paradisornis genus, although it used to be classified under Paradisaea. This bird’s appearance is predominantly black, but it boasts a bluish-white beak, dark grey legs, a white eye-ring that appears fragmented, and vibrant blue wings.
The male of this bird species is quite striking with its violet-blue and cinnamon-colored flank feathers. Additionally, it has two long tail feathers that resemble ribbons. On the other hand, the female is not as eye-catching and is mostly brown in color. These birds can be found sparsely distributed in the mountainous forests of southeastern Papua New Guinea.
The blue-birds-of-paradise are primarily fruit-eating birds, but they also consume insects and reptiles from time to time. They have a diverse diet and enjoy a range of fruits and berries.
In the mating season, the male bird showcases a stunning performance by dangling upside down from a branch and pulsating his black oval-shaped chest with a rid margin. He rhythmically expands and contracts the size of his chest while flaunting his violet-blue plumes and creating a soft buzzing sound mixed with chittering or chattering. If the male bird succeeds in impressing the female, she proceeds to construct a nest using stems, twigs, palm leaves, and vines in a flat cup-like shape. Generally, only one egg is laid and incubated by a fiercely protective mother.
The blue birds-of-paradise are facing a decline in their population and habitat due to continuous loss. Their limited range is decreasing, making it harder for them to survive. Moreover, they are being hunted for their prized plumes, which puts them in danger. As a result, these birds are now classified as Vulnerable on the iuCN red List.