The Elegant Courtship Dance of the Vogelkop Superb Bird-of-Paradise

The Vogelkop Superb Bird-of-Paradise is jet-black with glowing azure markings.
The Vogelkop Superb Bird-of-Paradise in courtship mode
Written by Graffiti Girl

The recently discovered jet-black Vogelkop Superb Bird-of-Paradise takes courtship dancing to a new zenith of elegance. (Notice the especially refined footwork.)

I’m in love! Will the Vogelkop capture your heart, too?

Sometimes a new species is hiding in plain sight… Meet the Vogelkop Superb Bird-of-Paradise. Learn more about how the distinct song, dance and courtship appearance of the Vogelkop Superb Bird-of-Paradise confirms its new species status in our scientific paper:

Lab of Ornithology

The Strange & Beautiful


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