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Parotia, Lawes's
 
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Scientific Name:
Parotia lawesii
Location(s):
Asia, Global, Melanesia, Papua New Guinea Read more
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IUCN
The global population size has not been quantified, but the species is reported to be fairly common to common (Frith and Beehler 1998). ...
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Wikipedia
The male is a velvet black bird with an erectile silvery white forehead crest, iridescent purple blue nape and golden green breast plumes[ 2] which are structurally colored. The breast plumes have V-shaped barbules, creating thin-film microstructures that strongly reflect two different colors, bright blue-green and orange-yellow. When the bird moves the color switches sharply between these two colors, rather than drifting iridescently. During courtship, the male bird systematically makes small movements to attract females, so the structures must have evolved through sexual selection.[ 3] ...
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