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Family Polioptilidae: A family of passerine birds commonly known as "Gnatcatchers". All gnatcatchers are native to the New World, being found in both North and South America. Gnatcatchers are close relatives of the wrens and some species are known as "Gnatwrens".

Image: Erikwlyon

 

Queen Carola’s Parotia (Parotia carolae)

Also known as Queen Carola’s Six-wired Bird of Paradise, Queen Carola’s parotia is a species of bird of paradise endemic to the mid-mountain forests of central New Guinea. Queen Carola’s parotias feed mostly on fruits and arthropods and are sexually dimorphic with males sporting elaborate feathers for mating displays. These displays involve the male elongating its neck feathers forming a ‘skirt’ and making small movements to attract females.

Its name commemorates Queen Carola of Basa, the wife of King Albert of Saxony who had the King of Saxony bird of paradise (P.alberti)  named after him.

Phylogeny

Animalia-Chordata-Aves-Passeriformes-Paradisaeidae-Parotia-P.carolae

Image(s): Tim Laman

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