Birds of Paradise: Amazing Avian Evolution

Birds of Paradise

May 3September 1, 2014

Lace up your dancing shoes for a journey to the remote rainforests of New Guinea, land of the exotic birds-of-paradise. An elegant example of extreme evolution, birds-of-paradise show off their feathery flair during elaborate mating rituals. 

In this special exhibit based on the groundbreaking research of photographer Tim Laman and Cornell ornithologist Edwin Scholes, visitors will behold the birds’ cinematic courtship dances, puffed-out plumage, wild calls, and wacky behaviors through video, photography, soundscapes, and displays on research and conservation. Specimens, illustrations, and the chance to learn signature bird moves in a unique dance-off make this attraction fun for the whole family.

Birds of Paradise has been codeveloped by the National Geographic Society and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

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Image copyright Tim Laman/National Geographic

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