New Guinea’s Birds of Paradise: Survival of the sexiest
May 2, 2014
Guests: Tim Laman, Edwin Scholes
Bold plumage, bizarre courtship dances, wild mating calls — New Guinea’s birds-of-paradise are truly remarkable creatures who have evolved in mind-boggling ways. Cornell ornithologist EDWIN SCHOLES and photographer TIM LAMAN made 18 expeditions in 8 years to the remote rainforests in New Guinea, spending countless hours perched in treetops observing the birds’ stunning displays. This weekend a new exhibit based on their research opens at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University in Philadelphia. It’s called Birds of Paradise: Amazing Avian Evolution. Today, Marty talks with Scholes and Laman about these amazing birds and their adventures in the rainforests.