This Newly-Discovered Bird Might Be The Most Beautiful Thing We’ve Ever Seen
Birds-of-Paradise are some of the most mesmerizing, enchanting species in the animal kingdom. Often adorned with colorful feathers, these beautiful beings are usually found in Indonesia, eastern Australia, and Papua New Guinea. It was in Papua New Guinea, in fact, that a new species has been identified – blowing the minds of scientists worldwide.
Birds Of A Feather
The background behind this new species is pretty incredible.
Previously, scientists believed this little guy was merely a superb bird-of-paradise. After taking a closer look, they noticed a few differences that couldn’t be explained by the previous classification.
Affectionately dubbed the “Vantablack” bird-of-paradise for just how much light is absorbed by its feathers, this new species is specifically found on Papua New Guinea’s far western Vogelkop region. But what makes this little dude SO special?
Well, for one, the shape its feathers make is actually more a frown than a smile, as the greater superb birds-of paradise exhibit. But that’s just the surface. There are other underlying signs that show this is definitely a species of its own.
Ask The Experts
“After you see what the Vogelkop form looks like and acts like in the wild, there’s little room for doubt that it is a separate species,” says Ed Scholes, an evolutionary biologist with the Cornell University Lab of Ornithology’s Birds-of-Paradise Project. “The courtship dance is different. The vocalizations are different. The females look different. Even the shape of the displaying male is different.”
Still not convinced? The proof is in the newly released audiovisuals which will make any denier reconsider his position. Check out the video below which shows exactly how the Vantablack bird-of-paradise is so much different from the other species on the island.
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