Wednesday, June 18, 2008

The Bird of Paradise

Cendrawasih, is the folk language of Papua Island for the bird of paradise or in latin words Paradisaea raggiana. Because they have such rare and beautiful plumage, birds of paradise have been hunted for centuries, and their feathers have been used for decoration and their supposed mystical properties. They are currently listed as endangered and trapping and export are illegal, but all species of the bird of paradise are still being traded illegally on the black market.

The cendrawasih is only found on the island of Papua, the most east islands in Indonesia. There are at least 37 other species of the bird of paradise that also make their homes on this island. The males are known to gather in a specific tree together in the morning and will engage in mutual display, where they fluff out their extensive colorful feathers to try and attract a female. They live in the tops of trees and in the underbrush, making nests in tree branches and holes.

Papua man with Cendrawasih

Cendrawasih, or Birds of Paradise, are considered by many to be the most beautiful birds on the planet. The females are a relatively drab, dull brown, which helps them take cover when they are nesting and raising the young. They average about 13 inches in length (33 cm), about the size and build of a crow. The males are covered with different sizes and shapes of feathers in every conceivable color, and they often have patches of skin without feathers that are wild, shocking colors as well. The Raggiana has very long, orange, trailing tail feathers. His head and the nape of his neck are yellow, and he has a green chin.

Because of the beautiful of this bird, many people of Indonesian are loving this paradise bird. Even, some artist outside Papua Island, make a traditional dance by influenced of this bird.


hendrik said...

this bird is so excotic

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