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Right Humerus (Right Upper Arm Bone) of the Superb Bird of Paradise Lophorina superba (MCZ 346476)


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Phylogenic Position
Aves - Neognathae - Passeriformes - Paradisaeidae - Lophorina - Lophorina superba
Species Description
The Superb of Bird of Paradise is frugivorous bird found throughout the rainforests of New Guinea. It was believed to be a bird of the gods who never appeared on the ground until death, as the birds are quite secretive and difficult to find. The bird has an unusually low population of females, which results in fierce competition for mates; this, in turn, leads to the elaborate mating rituals for which the birds of paradise are known. The male Superb Bird of Paradise prepares a “dance floor”, scrubbing a patch of dirt or branch clean with leaves, and then attracts a female with a series of loud calls; the bird is also known as the “arena bird”, because it displays in tightly guarded areas called “leks”. When a female appears, the normally folded black feather cape and blue-green breast plate on the male pop up and spread around the head, obscuring the bird’s normal shape and creating an ellipse with legs. The male then performs a mating dance, rhythmically snapping its tail against the ground and hopping around in circles.
Specimen Information
Species Lophorina superba (Superb Bird of Paradise)
Element Right Humerus (Right Upper Arm Bone)
Specimen Number MCZ 346476
Sex
Location
Geological Age Recent
 
Technical Information
Scanner Konica Minolta Range7
Resolution 100 µm
Number of Data Points 58319
Number of Data Polygons 29164
Date Scanned June 18, 2009
Scan Technician Rachael Martinez
Edited By Michael Dmytriw
 
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Other Lophorina superba (Superb Bird of Paradise) Elements
Specimen Element
MCZ 346476 Sternum (Breast Bone)
MCZ 346476 Left Humerus (Left Upper Arm Bone)
MCZ 346476 Left Tarsometatarsus (Left Fused Element Consisting of Ankle and Middle Foot Bones)
MCZ 346476 Mandible (Jawbone )
MCZ 346476 Right Tarsometatarsus (Right Fused Element Consisting of Ankle and Middle Foot Bones)
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