Lesser Birds of Paradise

Charles Roring

Manokwari, Indonesia

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This is the watercolor painting of male Lesser Birds of Paradise that lives in the tropical rainforest of New Guinea.
I often see the birds when I guide tourists on trekking and birdwatching tour in Arfak mountains and Tambrauw mountains of West Papua. Birds of Paradise have been hunted for years for their beautiful feather. In addition, the population of birds in the jungle of New Guinea is being threatened by continues logging, mining activities, agriculture, and expansion of human settlements. But the Creator of the Universe made them as sex machine. Birds of paradise dance in the mornings and in the afternoons before sunset, they mate with many partners so that their population can continue to grow. Birds play very important role in the ecosystem of the jungle. They disperse seeds from fruits which they eat to all corners of the forest. Rainforest absorbs CO2 gases that we emit from our cars, motorcycles, stoves and cigarettes, and at the same time releases Oxygen that we breathe every second. The courtship dance of paradise has been a popular tourist attractions in West Papua. A lot of tourists have come to watch it. I introduce ecotourism scheme in the region to empower the local economy of the indigenous people and at the same time preserve the environment of tropical rainforest.

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