Mystifying Birds of Paradise

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This footage shows that nature creates out of sheer joy and abundance.

After 8 years and 18 expeditions to New Guinea and Australia, Cornell Lab scientist Ed Scholes and National Geographic photojournalist Tim Laman succeeded in capturing exquisite images of all 39 species in the bird-of-paradise family for the first time ever. Their plumage and their dances are extraordinary, with an incredible variety of movements.

Male birds of paradise have evolved to be extravagant as a means of passing on their genes. Female birds of paradise, which are usually brown and do not display their feathers, choose males with the most impressive, most colorful, largest, or loudest displays…

Tao, who sent us this clip, said, “The black one with the wing span and also the dancer – I’m sure he/she is a sannyasin. Did a dance and I could see energy darshan happening…!”

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