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A New Species? The Vogelkop Superb Bird-of-Paradise!

The Vogelkop Superb Bird-of-Paradise (Lophorina niedda) is confirmed to be an entirely new species, thanks to its distinctive dance. Sometimes a new species is hiding in plain sight…

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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./read more: (peerj)

This video footage reveals that when expanded for courtship display, the Vogelkop male’s raised cape creates a completely different appearance – crescent-shaped with pointed tips rather than the oval shape of the widespread form of the species.


The way the Vogelkop male dances for the female is also is distinctive, his steps being smooth instead of bouncy.The new footage confirms that the western species has a unique mating display. Its black “background” is crescent-shaped, and the blue breast feathers that form the “mouth” point downward and droop—turning that smile into a frown, or maybe a mustache.