Bird of paradise displaying tail feathers

Birds of paradise

Birds of paradise are some of the most colourful birds on the planet. They live in tropical forests and though females are often dull in colour - because they need to be inconspicuous when sitting on the nest - the males are generally fabulously adorned. They use their decoration to great effect when they're trying to attract a mate, performing elaborate courtship dances to win the females over.

Scientific name: Paradisaeidae

Rank: Family

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Map showing the distribution of the Birds of paradise taxa

The shading illustrates the diversity of this group - the darker the colour the greater the number of species. Data provided by WWF's Wildfinder.