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Bird of Paradise

GREATER BIRD-OF-PARADISE PROFILE.

Greater bird-of-paradise (Paradisaea apoda, family: Paradisaeidae order: Passeriformes) is a bird-of-paradise in the genus Paradisaea, whose six species are distributed in Papua (both Papua New Guinea and Indonesian Papua) and some of its satellite islands.

Aside from Paradisaea apoda, there are Paradisaea raggiana, Paradisaea minor, Paradisaea decora, Paradisaea rubra, and Paradisaea guilielmi. Depending on their gender, greater birds-of-paradise can have different morphological features. The males typically have beautiful feathers (Pratt and Beehler, 2015), making them a target for hunters, who preserve the bodies and fur for collection.

Ecological aspects concerning Paradisaea apoda’s diet remain unknown. A study by Latupapua et al. (2022) in Aru Islands finds that this species eats nutmeg (Myristica fragrans) fruits and other unidentified fruit varieties. It is also seen feeding on insects.

Greater birds-of-paradise have a polygynous mating system, where one male reproduces with multiple females through a mating dance ritual atop a tree called lek. The tree is known as a “lek tree”, while the mating system itself is “lekking”.

By food type, passerines in tropical rainforests (aside from seedeaters) are grouped into four categories:

Total frugivores

adult birds eat and feed their babies exclusively fruits.

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Total insectivores

adult birds eat and feed their babies exclusively insects.

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Adult frugivores.

adult birds eat fruits, but feed their babies insects.

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Immature frugivores.

adult birds eat insects but feed their babies fruits.

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However, no real-life instance of the fourth category has been recorded (Stutchbury dan Morton, 2001).

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Pig-Nosed Turtle

Part of the Eukarya domain and Testudines order, Carettochelys insculpta (pig-nosed turtle) is a species found only in the southern side of Papua, Indonesia

Bird of Paradise

Greater bird-of-paradise (Paradisaea apoda, family: Paradisaeidae order: Passeriformes) is a bird-of-paradise in the genus Paradisaea

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