Paradise birds, a group that includes the magnificent “manucodes” and “riflebirds,” thrive in the lush landscapes of New Guinea and its neighboring islands.
These tropical wonders primarily inhabit rich rainforests, encompassing tropical forests, swamps, and mossy woodlands. Interestingly, some species have been discovered residing in coastal mangrove forests.
The vibrant plumage of paradise birds has made them prime targets for hunters, tragically leading to the extinction of certain species within this family. Indigenous tribes in New Guinea have long incorporated paradise bird feathers into their attire and rituals.