Meet the king bird-of-paradise. Its bright and vivid colors make it a living gem.
It can be found throughout Papua New Guinea and many of the country’s western islands
The females build an open cup-shaped nest in a tree cavity and then lay and incubate up to two eggs. Incubation takes up 17 days, and after they hatch, she will take care of the chicks by herself.
King bird-of-paradise is widespread all over its range, but there are no estimates on the population yet. It is currently classified as Least Concern (LC) on the IUCN Red List, and its numbers remain relatively stable.
King birds-of-paradise are polygynous, which means that they will go to another female after mating with the first one.
There is little information available about this species’ behavior.
They are inconspicuous and may be hard to locate. Birds-of-paradise tend to be solitary birds and only come together to mate. Generally, a bird-of-paradise lives 5-8 years in the wild and up to 30 years in captivity.
What’s interesting about their colors is that they take years to become so bright and vibrant. Many zoos have been sent what were thought to be female birds-of-paradise, but discovered several years later that these were actually males.
Birds-of-paradise tend to be solitary birds and only come together to mate
A bird-of-paradise lives 5-8 years in the wild and up to 30 years in captivity.
The colors take time to become so bright and vibrant.
It is the smallest and most vividly colored among birds of paradise. It can grow up to approximately 6.3–7.5 long.
Besides being colorful, they are also very loud
Watch and hear them on video:
These birds can be noisy. They call to establish their territory, advise a potential mate of their location, or sound the alarm, using different vocalizations for the different species. They will also communicate by beating their wings or rattling their bill.