Head and body length: 36 - 43 cm, wingspan: approx. 41 cm
144 - 172 g
Estimated at 2,500 - 10,000
Mid-montane forest in a small section of the northern coastal mountain ranges of Papua New Guinea
All the world's a stage. The male Wahnes's parotia makes the most of his staring role as he performs his "ballerina dance" for an audience of females. This courtship display takes its name from the way he positions his flank plumes around his body, resembling a tutu. He simultaneously bows and fans his tail, steps side to side, shakes his feathers, and shakes his six wire-like plumes in a flashing iridescent spectacle. Females, meanwhile, follow the action from a perch, sometimes fluttering or twitching their wings. But the world is getting smaller for this theatrical bird, as habitat loss steadily erodes its already limited territory.