Cendrawasih, the Bird of Paradise
Indonesia is not only blessed with beautiful nature. This beautiful archipelago country also has exquisite fauna, and one of them is Cendrawasih Bird.
The bird which has a mix of more than three vibrant colors on their feathers are native to Papua island of Indonesia. Its exceptional beauty makes Cendrawasih named “The Bird of Paradise” by the British people, who previously refused to believe in its existence because of their beauty.
There are 41 Cendrawasih species in Indonesia, with 37 species live in Papua. Some of its types are named based on their main colors. Let’s see like Cendrawasih Kuning Kecil, Cendrawasih Kuning Besar, and Cendrawasih Merah. For instance, Cendrawasih Kuning Kecil have a dominant “kuning” or yellow color on their feathers, thus the names.
Besides their majestic appearance, Cendrawasih also gifted with the beautiful voice and mesmerizing dancing.
You can take a look at Cendrawasih Parotia, the bird which mainly colored in black with a hint of light blue that shows off its amazing dance during mating season.
Unfortunately, nowadays Cendrawasih are categorized as endangered species. Its beauty leads to the high demand for poaching. Not to mention the deforestation for the plantation that has significantly reduce its habitat.
Do you know there are some tips if you want to see this bird in their natural habitat in the jungle? Firstly, please do not use any kind of perfume or simply not taking shower before going for bird watching. It is because Cendrawasih has a high smelling sensitivity.
The birds also has sharp-ear, so do not make any noise while you are around their area. Hiding behind trees and using dark-colored clothes are a good idea so the birds will not be able to see you.