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Here's a gorgeous original antique lithograph study from 1911 of a gorgeous Blue Bird of Paradise flashing his lovely plumage just for you. This handsome print is done in intense shades of shimmering golds to soft wheat and midnight blue to silvery gray.

This lovely full color tipped-in natural history illustration from Germany is from a my own collection of gorgeous wildlife prints illustrations from the Victorian and Edwardian eras.

'Blue Bird of Paradise' measures 10" x 7.75" overall. The image itself measures 5.25 x 7.25. It's printed on glossy stock with premium quality chromium inks and is blank on the reverse.
The colors are still lively and bright 100 years later.
Here's a bit about the elusive Blue Bird Of Paradise in case you're curious about this handsome fellow.

The Blue Bird-of-paradise, Paradisaea rudolphi, is a medium-sized, approximately 30 cm long, black bird-of-paradise with a bluish-white bill, dark brown iris, gray legs, broken white eye-ring and bright blue wings. The male is adorned with violet blue and cinnamon flank plumes and two long ribbon-like tail feathers. The female has a chestnut brown below.

The Blue Bird-of-paradise is endemic to Papua New Guinea. It is distributed to mountain forests of southeastern New Guinea. ITIS recognizes only one subspecies, but additional subspecies margaritae and ampla have been described.
Blue Bird-of-paradise by Ellis Rowan c. 1917

The male is polygamous and performs a breathtaking courtship display. But unlike all other Paradisaea species, he performs solitary with attending female nearby. In display, the male hangs from a branch upside down.
The black oval with red margin at the center of his chest is rhythmically enlarged and contracted. His violet blue plumes spread out in a fan, swaying its body back and forth while the central tail feathers form two impressive arches down to either side. Throughout his performance he vocalizes softly in a low but harsh vibrating voice.

Regarded by some ornithologists as the loveliest of all birds, the Blue Bird-of-paradise was discovered by Carl Hunstein in 1884. The scientific name commemorates the ill-fated Crown Prince Rudolf of Austria.

Due to ongoing habitat loss, limited range, small population size and hunting in some areas for its highly prized plumes, the rare Blue Bird-of-paradise is classified as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

Matted and framed and displayed as a grouping, these lovely old natural history prints are simply spectacular. (Please note that the framed examples in the last photo are to show how this illustration might look when it's framed. This print will come unframed..)

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Blue Bird of Paradise Edwardian Era 1911 Natural History Lithograph Illustration Germany To Frame


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  • Vintage item from the 1910s
  • Materials: paper, ephemera, ink
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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