|Victoria's Riflebird Lophorina victoriae
(aka Ptiloris victoriae)
|Paluma. Queensland, Australia
The Victoria's Riflebird is distributed in a small area of Queensland from Cooktown to Townsville. It is found mainly in the rainforest but also in eucalypt and paperbark woodland.
Both the male and female are very similar (though smaller) to the Paradise Riflebird L. paradiseus found further south.
The male has a spectacular display involving raising its wing tips above its head, opening its bill to show the bright yellow lining and pivoting around showing off its iridescent crown and throat. When a female appears he gets very excited and tries to enfold the female in his wings before copulation. The male in photo 3 had little success. The female was not interested and moved off sharply.
|The display normally takes place on the top of a vertical stump of a tree or tree fern. In Paluma, the electricity poles seemed to provide a useful substitute. Photo 4 shows the female and photo 5 shows an immature male practising his technique on a female.|
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