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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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3:59AM PDT on Jul 16, 2013

so beautiful,thank you for sharing 16/7

3:12AM PDT on Apr 7, 2013

Thanks for sharing

12:48PM PST on Feb 1, 2013

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.

12:32PM PST on Feb 1, 2013

Thanks so much for sharing, just awesome.

3:42AM PST on Feb 1, 2013

Thank you

3:39AM PST on Feb 1, 2013

Breathtaking and marvellous!

8:49AM PST on Jan 28, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

6:25PM PST on Jan 27, 2013

sooo beautiful. Thankyou

5:32PM PST on Dec 26, 2012

Absolutely awe inspiring!

9:18PM PST on Nov 28, 2012


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