Wilson’s bird-of-paradise fact file
The birds-of-paradise have long been recognised as beautiful and spectacular species, thanks to the diversity in ornamental plumage, dazzling array of colours and the exaggerated, often bizarre, courtship displays (4), and Wilson’s bird-of-paradise is certainly no exception. The male is easily distinguished by the brilliant turquoise crown of bare skin on the back of its head, which is criss-crossed by lines of fine velvety black feathers with a coppery-bronze iridescent sheen. A semicircular cape of bright yellow on the upper mantle contrasts with the crimson feathers on the rest of the back, while the upperwings are blackish-brown, with the coverts edged paler brown, and with crimson tips to some of the feathers. The upper throat of the male Wilson’s bird-of-paradise is usually velvety black, and may have a coppery-bronze to purple gloss, while the plumage of the extensive breast shield (the patch of feathers on the upper breast) is a glossy emerald-green, sometimes appearing blue-purple or red-purple. The central feathers of the tail are long and spiralled. The female is much less ornately adorned than the male, with the bare skin on the back of the head a much less radiant lilac-blue, and with olive to reddish-brown upperparts, dull brown wings and buff-coloured underparts, with fine uniform brown-black bars. The female also lacks the spiral tail feathers. Immature males are very similar in appearance to the female
SynonymsDiphyllodes respublica. SizeLength: 16 cm
Male weight: 53 – 67 g
Female weight: 52 – 60 g
Wilson's bird-of-paradise watching tour in Tour 4D3N
Day 1 Pick up at your hotel all around bali and drop to NGURAH RAI airport Denpasar Bali
Day 1: Sorong – Waisai – Raja Ampat (L,D)
Pick you up from Sorong Airport (SOQ) to Waisai – Heading to Waisai Raja Ampat from port of Sorong by Fast Public Ferry (VIP class) at 02.00 pm (check in time at 01.00 pm) – lunch box is provided or lunch in Sorong before heading to Waisai, Raja Ampat; drop to resort/homestay from Port of Waisai. Rest and dinner at resort/homestay. (L, D).
Optional: If you arrived in the morning in Waisai Raja Ampat, you can do bird watching in the afternoon around the edge of Waigeo Forest in the afternoon. The birds that you may see are Palm Cockatoo, Yellow crested Cockatoo, Common Paradise Kingfisher, Passerine birds such as Monarchs, Sun birds, Flower peckers, Meliphagas, and Pigeons, etc.
Day 2: Waisai – Western Nature Reserve Of Waigeo – Gam Island – Resort / Home Stay (B,L,D)
Early in the morning (at 05.00 am), heading to spot of Red Bird of Paradise and Wilson's Bird of Paradise some other birds such as raptor, etc. in Western Nature Reserve of Waigeo. In the afternoon at 01.00 pm (after lunch), you are heading to Gam island (Yenwoupnor Village) – birding in the Gam Island. Back to resort/homestay in the late afternoon. B,L,D
Optional: If you would like nigh birding then we are heading to forest around resort/homestay. The birds that can be found are Frogmouths (Marbled and Papuan Frogmouth).
Day 3: Resort/Homestay – Saporkren Village – Resort / Homestay (B,L,D)
Early in the morning, we are going to do birding at Saporkren Village. The birds that you can be found are Dusky Megapode, Western Crowned Pigeon, Parrot, Pheasant, raptor, Kingfisher/Kookaburra, Doves, etc.. Back to resort/homestay at 10.00 am and check out from the resort/homestay then return to Sorong via Fast Public Ferry at 01.00 pm. B,LD
Day 4: Hotel – Sorong Airport – bali (B, L)
After breakfast direct transfer to Sorong Airport to catch up your flight to bali
The peculiar appearance of Wilson’s bird-of-paradise is shown in full splendour during its courtship display. The male performs the display in an ‘arena’, a small, well-lit clearing surrounded by dense forest. The male carefully attends to the arena, ensuring it is free of leaf litter and other unwanted items, and also removing the leaves of sapling stems within the display area. When a potential mate arrives, the male initially adopts a characteristic ‘frozen’ posture on the stem of a sapling, before responding to the visiting female by performing an intricate courtship ritual, exhibiting the attractive breast shield, and accompanying the display with song and calls. Very little else is known about the breeding behaviour of this elusive species