Published: July 2007
Did You Know?
In Did You Know? the National Geographic magazine team shares extra information we gathered to expand your knowledge of our featured subjects.

Birds of paradise have beautiful and elaborate mating rituals. Not only do most males in the family Paradisaeidae court females by displaying resplendent plumage, but they also are skilled dancers. Each species has its own type of dance, and dances can vary widely. While most birds of paradise court females in solitude, some perform on leks, areas where half a dozen males sing and strut together in competition with each other to gain mating privileges. Watch lekking courtship displays that show many of the different bird rituals.