Unveiling the Mesmerizing Colors of the Lesser Bird-of-Paradise

Unveiling the Mesmerizing Colors of the Lesser Bird-of-Paradise
Even though his moniker implies that he is of lower quality, once you have the opportunity to view him, there is no way that you could ever consider him to be anything other than gorgeous.



The smaller bird-of-paradise, also known as Paradisaea minor, is a species of bird-of-paradise that belongs to the genus Paradisaea. The male is 32 centimeters in length and has a maroon-brown coloration, a yellow crown, and a brownish-yellow upper back. In addition to that, he has a throat that is a dark emerald green color and a pair of long tail wires. All of these features are topped off with beautiful flank plumes that are a deep rich yellow color that gradually fades into white.


Having a dark brown head and a white belly, the female is maroon in hue and has a dark brown head.

As opposed to the male, the juveniles of the species have a tendency to have a more similar appearance to the female.


Lesser birds of paradise are found throughout the forest of Papua New Guinea and its adjacent islands of Misool and Yapen.


Lowland rainforest, swamp forest, margins, and secondary growth appear to be the habitats that these birds favor the most. It has the ability to modify and adapt to the destruction of its habitat caused by humans, and it is frequently discovered at elevations of 1550 meters.

Fruits are the primary source of nutrition for the Lesser Bird of paradise, but it will also consume any arthropods that it comes upon.



The breeding season for this species begins in July and continues until February. During this time, the female constructs a large cup-shaped nest out of sticks, twigs, leaves, and vines. She does this after selecting the male who provides the most magnificent show for her. When it is positioned in a tree at a height of approximately six meters above the ground, the interior is lined with plant rootles and fibers of vegetation. After laying one to two pinkish eggs, she incubates them for eighteen to twenty days. She is the only one who takes care of the babies after they have hatched.

It has been claimed that the Lesser bird of paradise is a species that is common and ubiquitous, despite the fact that local people engage in the trade of caged birds and hunt them for their feathers.