Lophorina niedda. The incredible vibrance of many...
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Image #cld1820064
SpeciesLophorina niedda
LocalityWest Papua, Indonesia
DescriptionThe incredible vibrance of many Birds-of-paradise is in part due to the deep black feathers which make their more colorful plumage simply 'pop'. A recent study looking closely at these black feathers found that they had a unique nanostructure that is super-efficient in light absorption. This results in one of the darkest blacks found in nature, rivaling those of highly specialized synthetic materials. Here, a male Vogelkop Superb Bird-of-paradise waits at his display (a fallen log) for the arrival of a female. 
Keywordsanimal | bird | bird-of-paradise | courtship | display | fauna | guinea | irian | jaya | male | new | paradiseidae | superb | vogelkop | wildlife


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