Preserving the Incredible Birds-of-Paradise (Video)

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)!

 

 

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62 comments

Nickihermes Celine
Past Member 2 years ago

so beautiful,thank you for sharing 16/7

Marcel Elschot
Marcel Elschot3 years ago

Thanks for sharing

Linda R.
Linda R.3 years ago

Absolutely breathtaking! I envy Ed and Tim's jobs. To be able to watch these birds up close and in their habitat has got to be amazing.

Yulan Lawson
Yulan Lawson3 years ago

Thanks so much for sharing, just awesome.

Michele Wilkinson

Thank you

Dale O.

Breathtaking and marvellous!

Duane B.
.3 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Margaret B.
Margaret B.3 years ago

sooo beautiful. Thankyou

Tamara Hayes
Tamara Hayes3 years ago

Absolutely awe inspiring!

Mary L.
Mary L.3 years ago

Amazing!