You don’t need to be a bird lover to know how amazing birds can be. Birds are always famous for not only their significant characteristics but also their outstanding appearances. Mother nature must be very affectionate towards these animals as any time we see birds appear, we would find these creatures so attractive that we can’t help but immerse ourselves in their incredible beauty. Today, let us introduce Wilson’s bird-of-paradise, a stunning bird in the sky, that would amaze you with its fascinating appearance.
Wilson’s bird of paradise, which is also known as Cicinnurus respublica, is a species of passerine bird belonging to the Paradisaeidae family.
The Bird of Paradise family has 42 species in 15 genera, most of which live in dense rainforest areas. Though many birds in the family are at risk for extinction or endangered to some capacity, Wilson’s bird of paradise is not endangered. However, they’re on the threatened species list and determined to be at risk due to loss of habitat.
Like many birds of paradise, fruits, and insects are Wilson’s main prey, so these birds are often found in the hilly rainforest areas. They’re native to Indonesia so bird enthusiasts can easily spot these gorgeous flying creatures through the hill and lowland rainforest regions of Waigeo and Batanta Islands off West Papua.
When it comes to all of the birds in the Paradisaeidae family, it’s often more noticeable when mentioning the appearance of male birds. They usually have eye-catching coats with vibrant and colorful plumage. Male Wilson’s birds are no exception to this. They’re extremely impressed with a predominately black set of feathers adorned with bright red, a large spot of vibrant yellow on his neck, the green on his throat is practically emerald, gorgeous blue feet, and beautifully curved violet tail feathers.
In addition to their fantastic vibrant plumage, Wilson’s bird of paradise also has a naked fluorescent blue crowning his head, which is covered in a black double cross design. It would be so amazing to see these birds in person.
In contrast, females are not so extravagant in plumage. They have brownish coloring with a darker blue crown than the males of their species. Mentioning the appearance of female Wilson birds, the bird fan blog Just Birding once said:
“Don’t feel bad for the drab female because it is this sexual dimorphism that gives her the power to judge the male’s appearance and choose whether he will make a proper father for her offspring, genetically speaking.”
On average, these beautiful birds are about 6.3 inches (16 cm) in length but males can easily reach a length of 8.25 inches (21 cm) when including their curlicue tail feathers. Wilson’s bird of paradise has a 5-8 year lifespan in the wild, but it can survive up to 30 years in captivity.
One of the birds’ most famous features is their mating habits. Since the male Wilson’s Bird of Paradise engages in polygamy, this species does not have a lifelong partner. A male can pair up with several females at a time. After eggs are born, females often construct and maintain nests for their kids. And while females are protecting their nests, males simply leave and search for new mates to work hard with! How disloyal these birds are!!!