Though this resplendent bird looks much like the Bird-of-Paradise you may have seen showing off his mating ritual in Planet Earth, its side-to-side dance moves and distinctive call led researchers to deem this a brand new species.
The newly discovered bird was first caught on camera by researchers in New Guinea in 2016. While the Superb Bird-of-Paradise (the one on the show) forms an oval shape when showing off for a potential mate, this new species forms a crescent, with its body shaped like a waning moon (or waxing, depending on your point of view) pointed toward the ground.
Fun fact: Both species share the electric blue tufts that peer out of pitch-black feathers to form the appearance of a neon pair of eyes and mustache.
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