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i found this documentary on youtube about the Birds of Paradise in New Guinea. these birds are incredibly beautiful and make parrots look like boring songbirds

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BBC Natural World - Birds of Paradise [HD] - YouTube

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Hi Shelly,

Just a bit of trivia.

I lived in New Guinea for five years back in the late 60,s and early 70,s but was never fortunate to see bird of paradise roaming free. I did see some in cages though at native markets.

Some natives used to wear bird of paradise feathers in their hair as a head dress, and that was a symbol of wealth. Also some Australian soldiers based in New Guinea during the second world war used to wear a bird of paradise feather in their slouch hat.

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Wow that's cool they do show the native people with their head dresses full of feathers. The birds mating dances are so funny and I love how they put their feathers!

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I've watched this before If you have Netflix, they currently have the Life of Birds on there at the moment

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i found this documentary on youtube about the Birds of Paradise in New Guinea. these birds are incredibly beautiful and make parrots look like boring songbirds

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BBC Natural World - Birds of Paradise [HD] - YouTube

"Boring songbirds"? Lordy, those are fighting words for a canary lover! LOL
But you are right that very few birds compare to a bird of paradise. They were the ones that got me into birds. My grandmother was the bird lover in the family and there were always birds in my house so I grew up with them (we had canaries, finches and a Red Crested Brazilian cardinal) and, when I was a little girl, she got me a book by Constancio Vigil (a writer from my country that had wonderful children stories about animals) called "The Queen of the birds" and the cover had a very colorful drawing of a giant bird of paradise (look, this is the one I am talking about: http://articulo.mercadolibre.com.ar/...io-c-vigil-_JM)
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I was thinking of the "boring" colored sparrows at my house, not beautiful canaries and pet finches

I can't even imagine the price if birds of pardise were ever domesticated but they really belong in the wild, I can't imagine one in a cage

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Absolutely amazing! This is a must-see documentary for anyone who loves nature!
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