The Cornell Lab of Ornithology is cataloging the 39 species comprising the birds-of-paradise in New Guinea. The lab is posting the results on YouTube, showing us some of the most beautiful and bizarre birds on earth. Eight birds have been featured so far -- put these in HD and enjoy! (Each clip is brief but gorgeous.)
This five-minute video explains the project and how the photographers get these shots in the field. If you're just here for cool bird footage, skip this.
I wouldn't mind a few of these in my backyard. My favorite part: starting around 0:49, the birds make adorable "bork!" noises.
This little fellow has gigantic feathers sticking out of his head!
The King is colorful, has little doodly bits on his tail, and does a cute dance.
This guy has wire-like bits growing out of his feathers, not to mention his dashing sports car color scheme.
This bird is so iridescent, it's hard to believe he's real. He has a charming song too.
He's some sort of supervillainbird! His blue neck feathers are mesmerizing.
He may be named "lesser," but his song is greater than all the rest.
Aww. He has a "ballerina dance." Adorable!