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Birds of Paradise

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Found only in New Guinea and parts of Australia, the birds-of-paradise are a case study in the evolutionary power of sexual selection. Their fantastic plumes and bizarre courtship displays are a result of millions of years of sexual selection at work in an environment with plentiful food and no natural predators.

The National Geographic Society's Birds of Paradise: Amazing Avian Evolution Exhibit is showing until May 12, 2013. If these extraordinary creatures fascinate you, the book Birds of Paradise: Revealing the World's Most Extraordinary Birds is worth a read.