bird of paradise


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n bird of paradise any of numerous brilliantly colored plumed birds of the New Guinea area
    • n bird of paradise ornamental plant of tropical South Africa and South America having stalks of orange and purplish-blue flowers resembling a bird
    • n bird of paradise a tropical flowering shrub having bright orange or red flowers; sometimes placed in genus Poinciana
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Bird of paradise (Zoöl) The name of several very beautiful birds of the genus Paradisea and allied genera, inhabiting New Guinea and the adjacent islands. The males have brilliant colors, elegant plumes, and often remarkable tail feathers.☞ The Great emerald Paradisea apoda) and the Lesser emerald Paradisea minor) furnish many of the plumes used as ornaments by ladies; the Red bird of paradise is Paradisea rubraorParadisea sanguinea; the Golden bird of paradise is Parotia aureaorParotia sexsetacea; the King bird of paradise is Cincinnurus regius. The name is also applied to the longer-billed birds of another related group (Epimachinæ) from the same region. The Twelve-wired bird of paradise Seleucides alba) is one of these. See Paradise bird, and Note under Apod.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Bird Of Paradise an Eastern bird closely allied to the crow, with splendid plumage
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  • Nikita Khrushchev
    Nikita Khrushchev
    “If one cannot catch a bird of paradise, better take a wet hen.”
  • John Berry
    John Berry
    “The bird of paradise alights only on the hand that does not grasp.”
  • Mark Twain
    “It is better to be a young June-bug than an old bird of paradise.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. paradis—L. paradisus—Gr. paradeisos, a park, prob. Persian.


In literature:

A Drawer, containing a Bird of Paradise, and six Forms of divers patterns.
"Rembrandt and His Works" by John Burnet
Here several canoes came off, bringing beans, rice, tobacco, and two beautiful birds of paradise.
"Notable Voyagers" by W.H.G. Kingston and Henry Frith
Anyone searching for birds of paradise in New Guinea might go scores of times without success, and come away and say there are none.
"Through Forest and Stream" by George Manville Fenn
The Bird of Paradise, the holy swan of song!
"Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen" by Hans Christian Andersen
There are no gorgeous birds of paradise, and even resplendent parrots are not very numerous.
"The Heart of Nature" by Francis Younghusband
Peacocks and birds of paradise were depicted on its silken hangings.
"A Tour of the Missions" by Augustus Hopkins Strong
The Malay Archipelago: the Land of the Orang-Utan and the Bird of Paradise.
"Christianity and Greek Philosophy" by Benjamin Franklin Cocker
I'm a regular woodpecker among birds of paradise.
"A Princess in Calico" by Edith Ferguson Black
But I believe our natures are as kindly as those of the Birds of Paradise.
"Policeman Bluejay" by L. Frank Baum
At each side of the bridge trees were growing, from whose branches hung golden and silver apples, among which birds of Paradise perched.
"The Yellow Fairy Book" by Leonora Blanche Alleyne Lang
The Malay Archipelago: the Land of the Orang-Utan and the Bird of Paradise.
"Our Italy" by Charles Dudley Warner
Jim Crow decided this must be a real paradise for birds, because it was far away from the houses of men.
"Twinkle and Chubbins" by L. Frank (Lyman Frank) Baum
From out of this paradise, as they drew near to it, came softly the voice and song of birds and the chatter of red squirrels.
"The Country Beyond" by James Oliver Curwood
Still more pleased was I to get ten skins of the exquisite birds-of-paradise which Wallace so well describes.
"The Last Voyage" by Lady (Annie Allnutt) Brassey
The Scissor-tail or "Texan Bird of Paradise" is the most beautiful member of this interesting family.
"The Bird Book" by Chester A. Reed
It was that of a Bird of Paradise moving through the bright light of the morning sun.
"Birds Illustrated by Color Photograph [January, 1897]" by Various
Mrs. Tree was arrayed in her India shawl, and crowned with the bird-of-paradise bonnet, from which swept an ample veil of black lace.
"Mrs. Tree" by Laura E. Richards
She was dressed for the drive, and looked rather like a handsome bird of Paradise in her bright green veil and red motor coat.
"The Beggar Man" by Ruby Mildred Ayres
Farther on, we see pretty specimens of the bird of paradise.
"The Pearl of India" by Maturin M. Ballou
It wouldn't be fair to make yourself beautiful with borrowed plumage, would it, little bird of paradise?
"The Torch Bearer" by Reina Melcher Marquis

In poetry:

The next contention without vice
Among the birds of paradise,
Made ev'ry glorious warbling throat
Strive who should raise the highest note.
"The Believer's Principles : Chap. V." by Ralph Erskine
Beyond the blue-robed, sleeping lake,
I watch the flush of morning rise,
While birds and flowers once more wake,
To share with me my paradise.
"In My Pergola" by John Lawson Stoddard
Softnesse, and peace, and joy, and love, and blisse,
Exalted Manna, gladnesse of the best,
Heaven in ordinarie, man well drest,
The milkie way, the bird of paradise.
"Prayer" by George Herbert
They flashed and they darted
Awhile before mine eyes, Mounting, mounting, mounting still
In haste to scale the skies—
Birds without a nest on earth,
Birds of Paradise.
"Paradise: In A Symbol" by Christina Georgina Rossetti
He 's lost his mother--so he cries--
And here he knows he'll find her:
The rogue! 't is but a new device,--
Look out for flying arrows
Whene'er the birds of Paradise
Are perched amid the sparrows!
"At The Papyrus Club" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
Bird, he was brought low,
Burning in the bride bed of love, in the whirl-
Pool at the wanting centre, in the folds
Of paradise, in the spun bud of the world.
And she rose with him flowering in her melting snow.
"A Winter's Tale" by Dylan Thomas

In news:

Stately bird of paradise and British royalty.
She recently spoke with The Review about her blooming bird of paradise , also known as the crane.
David Attenborough, "Birds of Paradise," BBC.
This is the other bird of paradise.
The red bird of paradise ( Caesalpinia pulcherrima ) is often mistakenly called the "Mexican bird of paradise" (a similar plant, with all-yellow flowers).
Stately bird of paradise and British royalty.
What's Blooming In Paradise: White Bird of Paradise ( Strelitzia nicolai).
The King of Saxony bird-of-paradise, one of Scholes' favorite birds, lives in the mountain cloud forests of New Guinea, where adult males are sometimes hunted for their feathers.
Birds of a Lesser Paradise,' by Megan Mayhew Bergman .
Birds of a Lesser Paradise.
"My favorite would probably be the superb bird-of-paradise," Scholes said.
Male greater birds-of-paradise congregate in groups of up to 20 to court females in the canopies of New Guinea rain forests.
Two central tail feathers perfectly frame the Red Bird-of-Paradise (Paradisaea rubra) in this inverted courtship display.
Rare Glimpses of Amazing Birds-of- Paradise Courtship Rituals.
Birds of paradise have evolved into very conspicuous animals with orange, red and turquoise plumage and ornate wire-like feathers that have captured the imagination of scientists and bird enthusiasts alike.