Wilson’s Bird of Paradise

From book and exhibition "Astonishing Animals"

Cicinnurus respublica

A relative of the Magnificent BOP, Wilson’s BOP is smaller in size and has a curious cap of naked blue skin on top of its head. The painting depicts the bird in full display with reflective breast shield and curved tail feathers angled to the female.

I have passed a UV light over a drawer full of study skins, in the Australian Museum collection, and noted that the naked areas of the scalp had a modest glow.

Published in the book “Astonishing Animals”

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