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The Lesser Bird-of-paradise feathers
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The parade feathers of the Lesser Bird-of-paradise (Paradisaea minor) unfurl from the edge of the breast and the flanks of the adult male. Unlike the wing feathers, these dozens of single-function feathers - the courtship - are not functional for flying and do not have barbules to stiffen them. Their growth requires more than a year and they are gradually renewed.
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