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Sternum (Breast Bone) of a Paradisaea raggiana (Raggiana Bird of Paradise)


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Species Description
The Raggiana Bird of Paradise, also known as Count Raggi’s Bird of Paradise or Cendrawasih, is the national bird of New Guinea; it is recognizable by its long flank plumes, which range in color from deep red to bright orange. It is widely distributed throughout southern and northeastern New Guinea, living in old growth forests and tropical-subtropical lowlands and montanes. The Raggiana Bird of Paradise eats mostly arthropods and fruit, and is a key seed dispenser; in fact, it is the main seed dispenser for some species of nutmeg and mahogany. Like all Birds of Paradise, it is polygynous, with males competing for females in display areas known as leks. Within each lek are several tall, slender trees, wherein the males compete for perches; when a female appears, the males perform a mating display involving clapping wings and shaking its head.
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Sternum (Breast Bone)
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