16 March 2006
Here is my most recent painting of Carola's Parotia (Parotia carolae) a Bird of Paradise from Papua New Guinea. In this painting, the male bird (below) is displaying on a lek to the visiting female (above). The male is performing the "Ballerina Dance", with elaborate modified contour feathers shaped like a skirt, waggling head wires and irridescent head and throat ornaments. This painting is a frontispiece for a manuscript by Ed Scholes on the display behavior of the species.