ultrafacts:The King of Saxony bird-of-paradise (Pteridophora…


The King of Saxony bird-of-paradise (Pteridophora alberti) is a bird in the bird-of-paradise family (Paradisaeidae). It is the only member in the monotypic genus Pteridophora. 

The adult King of Saxony bird-of-paradise is approximately 22 cm long. The male is black and yellow with a dark brown iris, brownish-grey legs, aqua-green bill, with two remarkably long (up to 50 cm) scalloped, enamel-blue brow-plumes that can be independently erected at the bird’s will. The unadorned female is greyish brown with barred underparts.

The male’s ornamental head plumes are so bizarre that, when the first specimen was brought to Europe, it was thought to be a fake.


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