Deep in the rainforests of New Guinea, the birds-of-paradise live out their lives. They are perhaps best known for their elaborate, colorful plumage and their unusual hopping mating dances, but they are also “veritable living textbooks on adaptation and sexual selection.”
A new project by National Geographic and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology seeks to teach people about these extraordinary species—many of whom are threatened by habitat loss and hunting. The coffee-table book devoted to these birds will be published on October 23, followed by an exhibit at the National Geographic museum (opening November 1) and the airing of the documentary (November 22).
Check out the trailer above, and don’t miss the mating dance (shown at 2:55 into the video)!