The Superb Bird-of-Paradise

The Superb Bird-of-Paradise

Superb bird-of-paradise is an amazing bird. The scientific name is Lophorina superb. It belongs to the family of Paradisaeidae, or more commonly bird-of-paradise. It is the only living member of the genus of Lophorina. These birds are passerine birds. They are generally small. Their average length is almost 26 cm. These birds are available in the various parts of the rainforests in New Guinea.
The male of the species is quite colorful. It has a crown of iridescent green, a breast shield that is bluish green. In addition, they also have a cape that covers the back. The cape is velvety black in color and can be erected. The female, on the other hand is quite bland in appearance. They have a reddish brown color. They have a barred buff, which is brown in color. The young ones are similar to the females in appearance. The proportions of the females are very low amongst the species. This fact makes the males that extremely ferocious and aggressive.
The courtship practices make this species unique. The courtship starts when a male prepares the ‘dance floor’ quite religiously. It is often done either by dirt scrubbing or smoothing with leaves. The males then gain the feminine attention with the aid of a loud cry. This event attracts the females and they come in proximity to the males. Once they come near the male, the cape and the breast shield springs up and spreads evenly but widely around the head. This phenomenon makes a brilliant brightly colored crown around their heads.