Superb Bird of Paradise

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Superb Bird of Paradise
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Paradisaeidae
Genus: Lophorina
Vieillot, 1816
Species: L. superba
Binomial name
Lophorina superba
(Pennant, 1781)

The Superb Bird of Paradise (Lophorina superba) is a small passerine, about 26cm long. It is the only member in the genus Lophorina. The male is a black bird of paradise with a shining green crown, blue-green breast shield and a long velvety black erectile cape covering his back. The female is a reddish-brown bird with brownish barred buff below.

The Superb Bird of Paradise can be found in the rainforests of New Guinea.

The male is polygamous and performs a song and dance for to gain the interest of the female. He starts by singing loud and rapid notes, then he starts to hop around in front of the female making a tapping or clicking sound. Then, he uses his folded black cape and blue-green breast shield to spring upward and spreads widely around its head, making him a dancing ellipse-shaped creature.

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