(Video link here.) Photographer Tim Laman and ornithologist Ed Scholes journeyed into the remote jungles of New Guinea in search of crazy dazzling Birds of Paradise, whose wondrous plumage is the result of some wild evolutionary development.improvisation. Says Scholes:

The Birds of Paradise represent one of those singular events of evolution that stand out, that are extraordinary, that are something that is without precedent that evolved that is so unique, so exceptional, that you are driven to say “Why?” or  “How did that happen, how did that come to be?”

Want a closer look? Check out this slide show of photos by Tim Lamen for National Geographic.  We especially love these New Guinea tribesmen, who have taken the Birds of Paradise (and some of their tail feathers) as inspiration:

phoro: tim lamen
phoro: tim lamen

new guinea tribesman bird of paradise
photo: tim lamen

Practically speaking, we could see using the birds as color palettes for a room or two, or a painting….

photo: tim ladan
photo: tim lamen

photo: tim
photo: tim lamen

The Birds of Paradise call to mind the Bower Birds, also of New Guinea, who construct charming, intricately-styled houses. What is it about New Guinea?

Laman and Scholes’ adventures are documented in the film Winged Seduction: Birds of Paradise. There’s also a book of Laman’s images Birds of Paradise: Revealing the World’s Most Extraordinary Birds

Via David Saltman

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One thought on “monday morning wonder: dig these birds of paradise!

  1. I don’t know which is more compelling, their beauty or their cryptic dances. Thanks for the yummy treat.

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