A male performing a courtship display.

A male performing a courtship display.
Species: Red Bird-of-paradise   Paradisaea rubra
Author: Brian J. Coates
Added to IBC: 26 Sep 2012 - 13:35
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Published in HBW Volume 14 on page 439.
Original HBW caption:
A summary of breeding seasonality indicates some broad patterns. More breeding occurs during August–January than February–July. But combining various pieces of evidence of breeding for an extensively distributed species can result in the perception of a misleadingly long nesting season, because it includes populations that follow differing cycles according to local conditions, such as peak availability of arthropods and fruit. The Red Bird-of-paradise has a very small total range. The males display at least during July and September. On Waigeo, a lek in one gigantic tree in a small forest clearing was attended by up to ten adult males, which displayed on high, defoliated limbs, usually after dawn. The males are most vocal in early mornings and late afternoons.


Brian J. Coates, IBC1008061. Accessible at hbw.com/ibc/1008061.

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Brian J. Coates, IBC1008061. Photo of Red Bird-of-paradise Paradisaea rubra at Waigeo Island, New Guinea. Accessible at hbw.com/ibc/1008061.

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