By Tori M.
The Superb Bird-of-Paradise; a goofy bird for a goofy theme. While most birds dance and look pretty for their mates, birds-of-paradise take it to an extreme. The Superb Bird-of-Paradise is a great example. This small bird (it's only about 10 inches long), like most birds-of-paradise, is found on the island of New Guinea. But the most extraordinary thing about it is its dance. The males have a cape-like set of feathers which frame their face (seen in the picture). Once they have their feathers in place, they dance around their stage, which is a branch, and use their tail feathers to make a snapping sound. It's a beautiful but goofy display.
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