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Superb Blue Bird of Paradise

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By: You know who. Superb Blue Bird Of Paradise Sexual Selection New Guinea 5.9054° S, 147.4080° E
Located in Oceania,
Southeast of Asia
Just north of Australia
Below the Equator
Tropical Climate, mild temperatures with lots of humidity
Prone to flash floods and typhoons Variety of Species in New Guinea The 39 species of birds of paradise
Manatees
Whales
Rodents
Bats
Monotremes (mammals that lay eggs, such as the platypus)
Marsupials http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/life/Superb_Bird_of_Paradise Students Male and Female Superb Bird of Paradise Sexual Selection Male Coloration and Shape Shifting Reproductive Strategies Potential Disadvantage Role of the Genders Courtship Behavior Among polygamous birds of paradise, the female builds the nest. She sits on the eggs, cares for the young, and provides the “after-care.” The birds of paradise have an elaborate courtship ritual. They show off their colorful plumage (feathers) by puffing up, buzzing, and strutting. The males also have a special mating dance when they hop, swing, and contort. The process by which genes associated with aesthetically
pleasing features,
such as saturated colors fuzzy feathers streamer tails are passed down and the attributes become more prominent
within the species or more simply put, competition for mates Sexual selection has favored the evolution of elaborate male coloration and courtship displays because: they indicate to females that the male is healthy and will produce healthy offspring http://education.nationalgeographic.com/media/photos/000/323/custom/32354_610x343.jpg http://education.nationalgeographic.com/media/photos/000/323/custom/32354_610x343.jpg http://hannahsmall.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/superb-bird-of-paradise.jpg This is not a problem in New Guinea because New Guinea has abundant resources and few predators. The bright coloration of males can be a potential disadvantage because
it makes the males more vulnerable to predators. http://www.divediscovery.com/images/PNG_Tufi_Fjords.jpg The male helps the female forage and raise the young. Works Cited Male http://www.pbs.org/wnet/nature/episodes/birds-of-paradise-and-sexual-selection/6234/ Black with a luminous green cap on the top of its head
Blue-green breast shield and a long black tail
26 centimeters long http://birdsofparadiseproject.org/media.php?page=112 Female http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/visions/field-test/sartore-biodiversity/img/gallery/05-superb-bird-paradise-950.jpg Reddish-brown cape for feathers and a tail
Light brown or off-white underside
Black head with a white ring connecting at the back of the neck
25 centimeters long males are polygamous
females are responsible of nesting the baby birds alone
females will reject 15-20 males before mating
male showcase an elaborate display to attract a female's attention Cuttlefish
They're super cool.
Their name sounds like
'cuddle'
and they change
colors. Papua New Guinea is also
known for its very
large butterflies Shape Shifting -Many birds of paradise form an oval shape during
their mating dance
- This shape has evolved over generations through
female choice -Male birds rearrange their feathers by using muscles
in their skin
-The physical movement is comparable
to humans moving their eyebrows Citations! http://birdsofparadiseproject.org/media.php?page=81
http://www.weatheronline.co.uk/reports/climate/Papua-New-Guinea.htm
http://animaldiversity.ummz.umich.edu/ THANKS FOR WATCHING!! Superb Bird-of-Paradise

Genus Lophorina

(1 species)

Males: black and iridescent blue, able to totally transform shape



Females: brown, without the male’s specialized display feathers



Displays: Shape Shifters—on a fallen log, males transform their shape into a wide oval with iridescent “smiley face” and hop for females while snapping their wings



Mating system: no pair bonds; males provide no parental care



Range: mid elevations from 5,000 to 6,500 feet in New Guinea
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