This flamboyant species of bird is known as the Ragianna Bird-of-Paradise (Paradisaea raggiana). Distributed widely throughout southern and northeastern New Guinea, they also go by the names of kumul and cenderawasih. Being the national bird of Papua New Guinea, many people recognize them by their appearance on the national flag. But the gorgeous plumage isn’t just to be adorned by people, females look for the most interesting display when a male calls for a mate. A large lek, or display area for visiting females, proves hard to get an individual’s attention. This is why there are typically tall trees, so that males may perch themselves and defend their chosen mates against rivals. Of course, the female, with all her drab plumage and lack of vibrant feathers, chooses the male.. The nest, a bowl-shaped structure composed of various plant-fibres, lined with a horsehair-like material, seals the deal. A female will lay a clutch of up to two pinkish buff eggs. She will then, alone, tend to her clutch, for an incubation period of 18 days. Afterwards, she will perform all the duties required to raise the next generation of ragianna birds-of-paradise.
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