1 (plural birds of paradise) A tropical Australasian bird, the male of which is noted for the beauty and brilliance of its plumage and its spectacular courtship display. Most kinds are found in New Guinea, where their feathers are used in ornamental dress.
Early 17th century: paradise suggested by the modern Latin family name Paradisaeidae (plural)
- Family Paradisaeidae: numerous genera.
- Protobirds such as Confuciusornis had the same kind of feathers as modern birds; some specimens even display long tail feathers reminiscent of tropic birds and birds of paradise.
- He has done fieldwork in South America and central Africa and conducted long-term studies of birds of paradise in New Guinea.
- The cameras shed light on the floor of the deepest darkest jungle to reveal the courtship dance of a bird of paradise, and enable viewers to follow animals hunting and roaming for miles, where cameras could never hope to follow them before.
2 (also bird of paradise flower) A southern African plant related to the banana. It bears a showy irregular flower with a long projecting tongue.
Late 19th century: named from the protrusion of flowers from a green spathe, resembling a bird of paradise in flight
- Genus Strelitzia, family Strelitziaceae: several species, in particular S. regina, whose orange and dark blue flowers are pollinated by a sunbird.
- However, the trip was also memorable for a magnificent discovery: the bird of paradise flower, named Strelitzia regina after Charlotte of Mecklenberg-Strelitz, wife of King George III of Britain.
- In the conservatory, you'll find the largest collection of house plants in Ireland: bird of paradise, orchids, jasmine, lemon trees and orange trees whose blossoms scent the air.
- Saillen said he is struck by the beauty of strong, vibrant flowers, like amaryllis, banana flowers and birds of paradise.
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