Male birds–of–paradise are precision-tuned performers. Their unrivaled displays combine extreme feathers, dazzling colors, piercing sounds, and precise movements. These are all adaptations with a single function: to attract mates. This section explores the wide range of traits that males have evolved to conform to the picky preferences of females.
Explore birds-of-paradise sounds, which run the gamut from basic squawks, to seemingly mechanical noises, to melodious whistles, to sounds that don’t involve their voices at all.
View the range of colors among the birds-of-paradise, learn two main ways birds produce colors, and watch how males display them to maximum effect.
Learn more how birds use their feathers for three basic purposes: flight, protection from the elements, and displays.
- Shape Shifting
Male birds-of-paradise extend specially shaped feathers, lining them up precisely to change the bird’s outline into a new shape.
Learn more about how male birds–of–paradise choreograph their displays, from early practice sessions to mastering the finest details
- Inspection & Touch
At the end of a male’s display, females move in to inspect closely and sometimes touch the male before making a final decision about choosing him as a mate.