Golden bird of paradise
Bird of paradise Bird" of par"a*dise (Zo["o]l.) The name of several very beautiful birds of the genus {Paradisea} and allied genera, inhabiting New Guinea and the adjacent islands. The males have brilliant colors, elegant plumes, and often remarkable tail feathers. [1913 Webster]

Note: The {Great emerald} ({Paradisea apoda}) and the {Lesser emerald} ({Paradisea minor}) furnish many of the plumes used as ornaments by ladies; the {Red bird of paradise} is {Paradisea rubra} or {Paradisea sanguinea}; the {Golden bird of paradise} is {Parotia aurea} or {Parotia sexsetacea}; the {King bird of paradise} is {Cincinnurus regius}. The name is also applied to the longer-billed birds of another related group ({Epimachin[ae]}) from the same region. The {Twelve-wired bird of paradise} ({Seleucides alba}) is one of these. See {Paradise bird}, and Note under {Apod}. [1913 Webster]


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  • Bird of paradise — Bird of par a*dise (Zo[ o]l.) The name of several very beautiful birds of the genus {Paradisea} and allied genera, inhabiting New Guinea and the adjacent islands. The males have brilliant colors, elegant plumes, and often remarkable tail feathers …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bird-of-paradise — /berrd euhv par euh duys , duyz /, n., pl. birds of paradise. 1. Also called bird of paradise flower. any of several plants of the genus Strelitzia, native to southern Africa, esp. S. reginae, having a large, showy orange and blue inflorescence.… …   Universalium

  • King bird of paradise — Bird of paradise Bird of par a*dise (Zo[ o]l.) The name of several very beautiful birds of the genus {Paradisea} and allied genera, inhabiting New Guinea and the adjacent islands. The males have brilliant colors, elegant plumes, and often… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Red bird of paradise — Bird of paradise Bird of par a*dise (Zo[ o]l.) The name of several very beautiful birds of the genus {Paradisea} and allied genera, inhabiting New Guinea and the adjacent islands. The males have brilliant colors, elegant plumes, and often… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • King bird of paradise — King King, n. [AS. cyng, cyning; akin to OS. kuning, D. koning, OHG. kuning, G. k[ o]nig, Icel. konungr, Sw. konung, Dan. konge; formed with a patronymic ending, and fr. the root of E. kin; cf. Icel. konr a man of noble birth. [root]44. See {Kin} …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • great bird of paradise — great bird of paradise, a bird of paradise about the size of a crow. The male has an emerald green forehead and throat, a golden yellow head, maroon wings and tail, and a dense mass of plumes about two feet long that springs from under the wings …   Useful english dictionary

  • magnificent bird of paradise — a showy bird of paradise (Ptiloris magnificus) of northern Australia and New Guinea with the male having a golden yellow nape, a blood red patch on the back, and shining blackish green on the breast …   Useful english dictionary

  • Twelve-wired bird of paradise — Bird of paradise Bird of par a*dise (Zo[ o]l.) The name of several very beautiful birds of the genus {Paradisea} and allied genera, inhabiting New Guinea and the adjacent islands. The males have brilliant colors, elegant plumes, and often… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • Golden Monarch — Male photographed on Biak, Indonesia Conservation status …   Wikipedia

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