spectacular birds



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In May 2008 I travelled to Jinggangshan,

and in one of the villages these beautiful guys

were crossing the road on their way to a nearby pond.




 More amazing birds taken by unknown photographers.





































Sometimes women just talk too much! 





The birds-of-paradise

are members of the family Paradisaeidae

of the order Passeriformes.

The majority of species in this family are found on the island of New Guinea

and its satellites, with a few species occurring in the Moluccas of Indonesia and eastern Australia. The family has forty species in 13 genera.

The members of this family are perhaps best known for the plumage

of the males of most species, in particular highly elongated and elaborate

feathers extending from the beak, wings or head.

For the most part they are confined to dense rainforest habitat.












blue bird-of-paradise


ribbon-tailed bird-of-paradise


lesser bird-of-paradise 



 red bird-of-paradise




Peacocks have a special significance in the culture of Thailand





This vicious European Starling grasps the beak of a colorful

Northern Flicker in a bid to steal its nest.





The pair dueled for several minutes during the treetop tussle

after a gang of the black birds swooped in on their

unsuspecting speckled foes' new home.



The daring thieves launched themselves at the tree

and fought beak and claw until they won the war -

forcing the owners to flee.




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