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This Living Bird Gem Among Birds-Of-Paradise Is The Smallest Of Them All

This colorful bird called “king bird-of-paradise” can be found in New Guinea Isle and its nearby islands. King Bird-Of-Paradise or “Cicinnurus regius” is a passerine bird of the Paradisaeidae family. This living gem is the smallest and among birds-of-paradise. Its size approximately 16 cm long. It eat mainly fruits and arthropods. The male is crimson and white with bright blue feet and green tipped fan-like feathers on its shoulder. The two elongated ail wires are decorated with emerald-green disk feathers on its tip. The simple female is a brown bird with barring yellow.

A remarkable display of courtship is performed by the male with a series of tail swinging, fluffing or its white abdominal feathers that makes them look like cotton ball. The first who captured this species was Dr. Sten Bergman of Sweden in 1958. Throughout the large range of threatened species, it is one of on the list evaluated of IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. It is listed on Appendix II of CITES.

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