Lesser Bird of Paradise Paradisaea minor

Lesser Bird of Paradise
Lesser Bird of Paradise
Lesser Bird of Paradise
The Lesser Bird of Paradise is native to forests of northern New Guinea. The male Lesser Bird of Paradise (above) has an iridescent green face with pale cream hood, rufous brown body and wings, and bright yellow plumes with white ends in breeding plumage, like his Greater relative. He is some 32cm long compared to 43cm for the Greater and he has a creamy shoulder mantle.
Lesser Bird of Paradise male
Lesser Bird of Paradise female
Lesser Bird of Paradise female
Males raise the plumes in fancy display dances when courting. The female is brown with a white underside, unlike the plain brown Greater female.