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.
- 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, which bears a showy irregular flower with a long projecting tongue.
- Genus Strelitzia, family Strelitziaceae: several species, in particular S. regina, with orange and dark blue flowers.
- 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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