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Riflebird (Ptiloris), Queensland, Australia

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Riflebird (Ptiloris), Queensland, Australia

A male Riflebird, perched on a branch. The plumage is velvety black with a beautiful iridescent purple sheen, which becomes more blue-green on the head and more bronze on the lower breast. It uses its plumage to full effect during its mating dance

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TRURI : 2007.30.177

Media ID 19207179

© RIC, photographer Mike Searle

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This stunning print captures the mesmerizing beauty of a male Riflebird, found in Queensland, Australia. Perched gracefully on a branch, its velvety black plumage is adorned with an enchanting iridescent purple sheen that transitions into shades of blue-green on its head and bronze on its lower breast. The intricate details of this avian masterpiece are brought to life through the lens of MIKE SEARLE. The Riflebird's captivating appearance serves a purpose beyond mere aesthetics; it plays a vital role in its mating dance. As it moves with grace and precision, the shimmering plumage takes center stage, casting an ethereal glow around this magnificent creature. Its feathers seem to possess an otherworldly quality as they reflect light like shining blue oil mixed with metallic hues. Preserved within the Royal Cornwall Museum's natural history collection, this photograph showcases not only the artistry of nature but also highlights the importance of preserving biological specimens for scientific study. The genus Ptiloris belongs to the family Paradisaeidae or birds-of-paradise, known for their extraordinary beauty and unique adaptations. Through MIKE SEARLE's lens, we are granted a glimpse into the wonders of Australian wildlife and reminded of our responsibility to protect these remarkable creatures and their habitats for generations to come.

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