The Cornell Lab of Ornithology‘s fascinating and beautifully shot Birds of Paradise project is seriously addictive stuff. The birds-of-paradise are 39 different species of birds that live in New Guinea and the surrounding islands. They are colorful, unusually plumed birds that have complex mating rituals that include dancing and posing. 

After we saw this introduction, we watched how they make sounds, dance, shapeshiftHappily there are quite a few videos. Here are a few to start with:

Bonus: There’s a sound gallery, and on this site, there’s more from the Cornell Lab.