THE BEAUTY OF CENDRAWASIH BIRDS, THE BIRDS OF PARADISE

Raja Ampat Doberai Eco Resort provides itinerary to allow guests enjoying the beauty of birds of paradise. In order to do so, guests should wake up at 4.30 am, and ride 5 minutes boat to reach the beach. From there, we would to continue for trekking for around 30 minutes in the dense forest of  Yembesser island. When we reach the place, we should hide under a para-para, and remain quiet, until the birds come and play. Raja Ampat Doberai Eco Resort also provides many other itineraries for the guests to enjoy the beauty of Raja Ampat archipelago comprehensively.

It is reasonable if Cendrawasih bird is touted as the bird of paradise. Why not, bird that becomes mascot of Papua is indeed a beauty with a beautiful coat color. Due to their elegance color, Cendrawasih bird known as bird of paradise. In fact, reportedly because of they are too beautiful, this kind of birds rarely go down to the ground, they just fly in the air and landed on a tree branch.

Striking colors of paradise feathers is usually a combination of several other colors such as black, brown, orange, yellow, white, blue, red, green, and purple. This bird is more attractive with the presence and unique elongated feathers growing from the beak, wings or head.

Beautiful feathered these birds of paradise that is usually a stud. Beautiful feathers became the capital of paradise males to attract females during the mating season. In addition to showing off the beauty of their plumage, the male paradise even perform movements similar attractive and beautiful dynamic dance to grab the attention of females. Each kind of paradise has a kind of dance and different attractions to one another. Cenderawasih females tend to be smaller and not as beautiful as coat color of males bird of paradise.

Colors of birds of paradise is diverse and is one indicator of their type grouping. Birds of paradise are grouped in families Paradisaeidae; consists of 13 genera and approximately 43 species (kinds). Its natural habitat is in the dense forests which are generally located in low-lying areas and can only be found in the eastern part of Indonesia, especially the Torres Strait islands, Papua New Guinea, and eastern Australia.

Reportedly, Indonesia is the country with the highest number of species of bird of paradise. Allegedly there are approximately 30 species of paradise in Indonesia, 28 species of them can be found in Papua. Bird of Paradise die wire (Seleucidis melanoleuca) is a kind of mascot or identity of Papua Province. In addition to being the mascot of Papua, Papuan society is also often used as a complement of paradise feathers or ornaments in their traditional clothes.

Because the beauty of fur, where the bird of paradise is more and more threatened. Poaching and illegal arrest for the purpose of trade and habitat destruction in the wild into several main causes of this increasingly scarce bird. Even in the late 19th century and early 20th century, fur paradise bloom traded as a trend in Europe to decorate women’s hats. But now beautiful exotic bird is categorized as a protected species.

In Indonesia alone, some kind of paradise among a small yellow bird of paradise, paradise bald, paradise king, red bird of paradise, and toowa has been entered in the list of species protected under Law No. 5 of 1990 and Regulation No. 7 of 1999. The utilization of bird of paradise feathers are still allowed only for the benefit of local people in their traditional clothes decoration. It was certainly not excessive and fortunately the people of Papua have local knowledge and customs to participate preserve this bird.