When these birds were brought back to Europe, they're believed to be from a mythical paradise, leading to their name

These birds are primarily found in New Guinea and its surrounding islands.
Birds of the genus Paradisaea are renowned for their vibrant and exotic plumage, often including brilliant colors such as yellow, green, red, and iridescent blues. The males are particularly known for their spectacular feathers, which they use during mating displays to attract females. These displays are not just about showing off their colors but also involve intricate dances and poses.

One of the most well-known species is the Greater Bird of Paradise, which features elongated flank plumes that can be dazzling yellow or white. Another remarkable species is the Raggiana Bird of Paradise, the national bird of Papua New Guinea, known for its bright red plumes.

Paradisaea species are predominantly found in the tropical rainforests of New Guinea and nearby islands. These birds are arboreal, meaning they spend the majority of their time in trees, where they forage, mate, and build nests. The lush foliage of these rainforests serves as a perfect setting for their elaborate courtship displays and provides a safe haven from predators.

Perhaps the most fascinating aspect of Paradisaea birds is their courtship behavior. Males perform elaborate dances, showing off their colorful plumage to attract females. These displays often take place in specially chosen “lekking” sites, where multiple males gather to compete for the attention of females. During these displays, males use their feathers to create various shapes and patterns, accompanied by rhythmic movements and calls. The quality of the male’s performance and the condition of his plumage are critical factors that females consider when choosing a mate. This intense selection process ensures that only the fittest males pass on their genes.