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- n. Plural form of bird of paradise.
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Chrysanthemum, bluebell, and lily flower beds, with birds of paradise peeking out from underneath an overgrowth of trumpet vines, grow alongside a cobblestone walkway.
85 Cicinnurus regius, a small scarlet species … Wallace called it Paradisea regia in his narrative account of the Aru visit in The Malay Archipelago, but later in the book in a descriptive chapter on birds of paradise mentioned its alternate name, which is now standard: Cicinnurus regius.
Somewhere in the course of his boat journey eastward, Wallace had passed out of one zoogeographic realm and into another—into a realm where possums replaced monkeys, cockatoos replaced trogons, cassowaries replaced babirusas, and birds of paradise replaced who knows what.
West of the dividing line lived tigers and monkeys, bears and orangutans, barbets and trogons; east of the line were friarbirds and cockatoos, birds of paradise and paradise kingfishers, cuscuses and other marsupials including farther east in New Guinea and tropical Australia the ineffable tree kangaroos, doing their clumsy best to fill niches left vacant by missing monkeys.
It was the scarlet species with the green spiral tail wires, known as Cicinnurus regius to science and goby-goby to the Aruese—the smaller of the two birds of paradise for which Aru was renowned.