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Winged Seduction: Birds of Paradise

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Greater Bird of Paradise (Paradisaea apoda). Adult male in static display.
They have the campiest costumes and the craziest mating game in the feathered kingdom. No other birds on earth go about the business of breeding quite like New Guinea's birds of paradise. Here in the sweaty, vine-tied jungle, the male birds' intricately choreographed hops, shakes, flaps and flutters send females quivering.

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