Six-wired birds of paradise live in the forests of Papua New Guinea. Like all birds of paradise, the males display to the females, but in addition the six-wired males collect items that the females may be interested in and place them around their dancing courts. These include shed snake skins, which the females use to line their nest, and chalk, which is a useful mineral supplement to the females' diet.
Scientific name: Parotia lawesii
Birds of paradise exhibit their bizarre courting techniques in the jungle.
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Species range provided by WWF's Wildfinder.
The following habitats are found across the Six-wired bird of paradise distribution range. Find out more about these environments, what it takes to live there and what else inhabits them.
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Additional data source: Animal Diversity Web
Year assessed: 2009
Classified by: IUCN 3.1
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