Greater Lophorina

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Greater Lophorina

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Character Data
Also known as: Greater superb bird-of-paradise
Japanese Name: カタカケフウチョウ
Romanised Name: katakake fuuchou
First Featured in:  ?
Greater Lophorina's Merchandise
Animal Data
Scientific Name: Lophorina superba
Distribution: Indonesia; Papua New Guinea
Diet: Omnivore
Average Lifespan in the Wild: 5-8 Years
Read More: Greater lophorina
Conservation Status: Status iucn3.1 LC.svg.png
Greater Lophorina Season 2

Greater Lophorina is a type of bird Friend.

Appearance

Similarly to her partner Western Parotia, Greater Lophorina wears long, covering clothing with a largely black theme. Her hair is puffy and middle-sized, reaching shoulder length, being larger on the back and the sides than in the front, which exposes her black eyes. Black details that resemble a feather and a beak appear in her head, the latter adorned by two blue details on it's side.

Lophorina wears a black sweater, covered partially by a large, circular black cape that joins in a button near her neck. From the same point starts a large and shiny blue adornment that mimics that of the animal, covering the upper part of her chest even further. She also wears black gloves.

Much simpler than her upper clothing, her lower are composed of simple black tights that cover her from the feet to the hips, as well as dark gray ballerina shoes tied up to the center of her shins, embellished by bows near the ankles.

In Real Life

The greater lophorina or greater superb bird-of-paradise are distributed throughout rain forests of New Guinea. It also inhabits in rain forests or forest edges of Indonesia. The greater lophorina travels across the trees in the forest to catch its prey which can vary depending on seasonal availability of food. They have not only been known to eat fruits and insects, but also have been spotted preying on larger animals such as frogs, reptiles, and other small birds. They can sometimes be seen foraging food on the grounds of the forest for insects. The species has an unusually low population of females, and competition amongst males for mates is intensely fierce. This has led the species to have one of the most bizarre and elaborate courtship displays in the avian world. After carefully and meticulously preparing a "dance floor" (even scrubbing the dirt or branch smooth with leaves), the male first attracts a female with a loud call. After the curious female approaches, his folded black feather cape and blue-green breastshield springs upward and spreads widely and symmetrically around its head, instantly transforming the frontal view of the bird into a spectacular ellipse-shaped creature that rhythmically snaps its tail feathers against each other, similar to how snapping fingers work, whilst hopping in frantic circles around the female. The average female rejects 15-20 potential suitors before consenting to mate. The greater lophorina forms their nest on top of trees using soft material that they find around the forest such as leaves.

Trivia

  • The greater lophorina was formerly considered the only species in its genus, Lophorina, until 2018, when the crescent-caped lophorina (Lophorina niedda, also known as the Vogelkorp superb bird-of-paradise) was identified as a distinct species, rather than a subspecies.

References

Bird Friends
Auks
Atlantic PuffinGreat AukTufted Puffin
Birds-of-Paradise
Greater Bird-Of-ParadiseGreater LophorinaWestern Parotia
Birds of Prey Guadalupe CaracaraKing VultureLappet-Faced VultureNorthern GoshawkPeregrine FalconSecretarybirdStriated Caracara
Eagles Bald EagleGolden EagleHarpy EagleMartial Eagle
Owls Barn OwlEurasian Eagle-OwlForest OwletKyushu OwlNorthern White-Faced OwlSpectacled Owl
Columbids
DodoPassenger PigeonRock Dove
Gruiformes
Grey Crowned CraneOkinawa RailRed-Crowned CraneWhite-Naped Crane
Gulls
Black-Tailed GullCommon GullRoss's Gull
Pelecaniformes Great White PelicanPink-Backed PelicanShoebill
Ibises Black-Headed IbisCrested IbisScarlet Ibis
Penguins
Adélie PenguinAfrican PenguinChinstrap PenguinEmperor PenguinGentoo PenguinHumboldt PenguinKing PenguinNew Zealand Giant PenguinRoyal PenguinSouthern Rockhopper Penguin
Phasianids
ChickenChukar PartridgeGreen PheasantIndian PeafowlRed JunglefowlWhite Peafowl
Piciformes
Acorn WoodpeckerCampo FlickerGreater Honeyguide
Ratites
Common OstrichEmuGreater RheaNorth Island Giant MoaSouthern Brown KiwiSouthern Cassowary
Waterfowl
Black SwanEastern Spot-Billed DuckEgyptian GooseTundra Swan
Miscellaneous Birds
Arctic TernAustralian BrushturkeyCommon CuckooGastornisGoldcrestGreat CormorantGreater FlamingoGreater RoadrunnerJapanese Bush WarblerJapanese CormorantJungle CrowLong-Tailed TitMarvellous SpatuletailMasked BoobyMedium Tree FinchOriental StorkResplendent QuetzalRock PtarmiganScarlet MacawSuperb LyrebirdSuzakuWhite StorkYatagarasu