The Riflebird Dazzles in a Chic Black-on-Blue Group

The Magnificent riflebird is such an extraordinary bird! This species has velvet black plumage that makes it stand out from the crowd. More noticeably, its iridescent blue-green crown and triangle-shaped breast shield turn this bird into kings in its colony.

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It’s true that this riflebird is the most flamboyant member of the Paradisaeidae family.

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Take a closer look at these photos, you can see its blue tail, a yellow mouth, and curved and jet black bill.

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There is a clear difference between male and female magnificent riflebirds. The females wear a brownish coat with dark spots and buff bars below, finished off with a white brow. Young birds also look much like female birds.

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This tiny, striking bird (34 cm long) distributes in lowland rainforests of New Guinea, and in Northeastern Australia, in the Cape York area.

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It’s commonly found in lowland Rainforest areas.

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The diets of this bird are fruits and arthropods.

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During the breeding season, male riflebirds perform a spectacular mating dance on a ‘dancing perch.’ He hops around, extends his wings, raising his tail, swinging his head from side to side, showing off his metallic blue-green breast shield.

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They do this display in public so that all female birds can enjoy. If they are impressed by the male’s dance, they will stand in front of the male birds.

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After finding their mates, female riflebirds build their nest and lay eggs in. The females then incubate their eggs and feed the chicks until they are fully-fledged.

Watch the video of this spectacular bird below!

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