The Beautiful World of the Birds-of-Paradise

This program is part of The Secret Lives of Birds series presented in partnership with Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory.

The birds-of-paradise are a living laboratory of natural selection. The way the males gracefully use their stunningly colorful feathers to attract a mate is just one of their extraordinary wonders. Ornithologist Edwin Scholes and National Geographic photographer Tim Laman took 18 expeditions to New Guinea, Australia, and nearby islands to capture images of all 39 species of the birds-of-paradise. Scholes will use photographs and video to recount his wild and hairy adventures in the rain forest and explore the fascinating scientific questions about how these dazzling creatures have evolved. Following the program, pick up a copy of the gorgeous book Birds of Paradise: Revealing the World’s Most Extraordinary Birds and enjoy a reception with coffee and cookies.

Don't miss the other programs in the series, Bird Sounds: From the Beautiful to the Bizarre on October 21 and The Passenger Pigeon’s Flight to Extinction on November 5.

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