Image: King of Saxony Bird of Paradise head plume

King of Saxony Bird of Paradise head plume

Detail of a head plume of the King of Saxony Bird of Paradise

Photographer:
Carl Bento
Rights:
© Australian Museum

Notes

The amazing head plumes of the male King of Saxony Bird of Paradise are highly modified feathers. Enamel-like plates, called flags, are actually modified barbs emerging from the elongated central feather shaft. The male uses these plumes in a variety of movements and postures during the courtship display.  

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