Thursday, March 24, 2011

Emperor Bird of Paradise

Emperor Bird of Paradise or the scientific name Paradisaea guilielmi is a kind of medium-sized birds of paradise, with a length of about 33cm, of the genus Paradisaea. This bird is colored yellow and brown, bluish gray beak, legs purplish brown and reddish brown iris.

Adult male birds have to face, over the front of the head and throat glossy green. The back of the head, back and wings are yellow, and brown lower body. On the side of his chest hair ornaments are white and the tail there are two long black strap. Females are smaller, without ornament decorated with feathers, has a dark brown head, back brownish yellow and brown of the lower body. Young birds have feathers like birds females.

Emperor Bird of Paradise there are dispersion area in mountain forests and hills of the lower Huon Jasirah in Papua New Guinea, usually from a height of 670 meters to a height of 1350 meters above sea level.

Emperor Bird of Paradise is a polygamous species. Male birds attract couples with ritual dances in the group lek. Males hang down his body, opened the exhibit feather decorations. Emperor Bird of Paradise bird feed consisting of fresh fruits and various insects.

Emperor Bird of Paradise was discovered by Carl Hunstein in one of his expedition on the island of New Guinea in January 1884. The scientific name of this species commemorates a German emperor, Frederick William Albert Victor.

Based on the loss of forest habitat continues, as well as population and area where the bird was found to be very limited, Paradise Emperor evaluated as a risk near threatened in the IUCN Red List. This bird is listed in CITES Appendix II.


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