Lesser Birds of Paradise
|Male and female Lesser Birds of Paradise|
One of the most famous species of paradise birds is the Lesser Bird of Paradise (Paradisaea minor). The birds can mostly be seen in lower montane forest. They like to gather in trees whose branches overlook sunrise. Early in the morning when the weather is clear, male Lesser BOPs fly to the trees to call their female counterparts. Morning sunlight makes their feather looks bright and colorful. The male birds of paradise will perform courtship dance to attract female lesser birds of paradise for mating. They jump from one branches to another. The branches that are used for the courtship dance have been cleared from twigs, leaves and moss. A recommended site for tourists who want to watch these paradise birds is Susnguakti forest. It is located in the south of Manokwari city approximately 1 hour ride and another 1 hour hiking into the jungle.
|Lesser Birds of Paradise|
Other birds of paradise in Arfak mountains
In addition to the Lesser BOP, visitors can also see such species as King Bird of Paradise, Magnificent Riflebird, Pink-spotted Fruit Dove, Blyth's Hornbill and etc.