Friday, February 08, 2013

Birds-of-Paradise Project: Psychedelic Smiley Face

You've probably seen the weird mating display of the Superb Bird of Paradise, but now you can see how he does it. This video is part of the Birds-of-Paradise Project from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

It took 8 years and 18 expeditions to New Guinea, Australia, and nearby islands, but Cornell Lab scientist Ed Scholes and National Geographic photographer Tim Laman succeeded in capturing images of all 39 species in the bird-of-paradise family for the first time ever.

At the project site, you can explore lots more videos of the different species and their amazing colors, sounds, shapeshifting displays, and mating dances.

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