Head and body length: approx. 30 cm
124 - 189 g
Estimated at 2,500 - 10,000
Prefers low montane forest, requires primary forest to display
The ultimate show off? Displays don't get much more spectacular than that of the blue bird of paradise. Hanging upside down, the male spreads his flank feathers into a triangular fan, raises and lowers his long tail plumes and catches the light in such a way that he shimmers in blue and violet. Accompanying vocalizations include cawing and a rhythmic buzzing sound. The female, nearly as colorful as her mate, is on her own when it comes to incubating her eggs and caring for her young. he world those young inherit is on the verge of becoming paradise lost, threatened by habitat loss due to agriculture, logging and mining.