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Riflebird (Ptiloris), Queensland, Australia

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A male Riflebird, perched on a branch. The plumage is velvety black with a beautiful iridescent purple sheen, which becomes more blue-green on the head and more bronze on the lower breast. It uses its plumage to full effect during its mating dance.

Copyright © RIC, photographer Mike Searle

Media ID 19207179

Date: 22nd November 2017

Author: MIKE SEARLE

: TRURI : 2007.30.177

Image Size: 4093 x 6140 Pixels

Filesize is 3.16MB

Associated Categories: Zoology

Keywords: animal, aves, avian, biology, bird, blue, collection, cornish, feather, genus, history, metallic, natural, of, oil, paradise, rifle, shining, specimen, taxidermy