Learn about some of the different birds of paradise out there looking for a little love. Tell us which one is your favorite by answering our poll below.
Blue bird of paradise: Shy Serenader
I’m a 12″, medium-sized bird of paradise. I’m entirely black with bright blue wings and two long wire-like tail feathers. I’m a bit shy, and prefer displaying without other males nearby. Loves hanging upside down, fanning out flank plumes, and making low buzzing sounds. Not looking for anything long-term.
King bird of paradise: Down-to-earth “living gem”
I’m the smallest of the birds of paradise but good things come in small packages. I’m bright red and white with blue feet. My nickname is “living gem” but I don’t let stuff like that go to my head. My idea of an ideal date is puffing out my plumes followed by some pendulum acrobatics. Not many birds can keep a beat like me.
Lawes’s Parotia bird of paradise: Look for me on the dance floor
I live to dance! I’m easy on the eyes, almost all black with green and gold iridescent breast plumes, but it’s my smooth moves that the ladies remember me by. Loves bowing, hopping, waggling, and adjusting flank plumes to resemble ballerina tutus. I should also mention I’m a neat freak. My dance floor never has extraneous twigs or leaves.
Wilson’s bird of paradise: Bald and beautiful
Not having head plumes might make some birds self-conscious. Not me. Being bald allows me to show off my attractive blue skin-tone. I’ve been told the blue is so vivid it’s visible even at night. Napoleon’s nephew gave me my scientific name, Cicinnurus respublica. Vive la France! Vive la république!
Magnificent bird of paradise: Magnificent is right
Few can top my plumage, some of the most complex coloring around: yellow wings, green breast plumes, and blue feet. If color isn’t your thing, I also have an impressive pair of curlicue tail feathers. Can’t be tied down but always looking for a good reason to puff out my emerald green breast shield.
Superb bird of paradise: Oddball looking for love
I’m definitely not your average bird of paradise. Hobbies include snapping tail feathers and rearranging breast and back plumes to form an ellipse around my head. (You have to see it to believe it.) During my displays I may not look typically avian, but believe me, I’m one hundred percent bird. Looking for some open-minded females to hop around.
Greater bird of paradise: Greater? Greatest!
I’m a confident, uninhibited bird of paradise. I have no problem displaying around other males. I’m on the larger side, about 17″. Big fan of yellow. I’m a bit of a minor celebrity. My feathers were some of the first seen by the Europeans. They gave me the scientific name Paradisaea apoda or “legless bird of paradise” but I’ve got a great pair of legs that comes in handy for perching on branches.