National Geographic Events

Washington, D.C.

Birds of Paradise: Amazing Avian Evolution

  • Date
    November 1, 2012 – May 12, 2013
  • Time 10:00 a.m.
  • Location Washington, D.C.
  • Price Exhibition included in Museum Admission; Adults - $11; Members/Military/Seniors (Over 62)/Students/Groups (25+) - $9; Children (Ages 5-12) - $7; Local School & Youth Groups (18 and Under) - Free

Past Event

Photo: Birds of Paradise Logo

Logo by Alan Parente

Blue Bird-of-Paradise

Photograph courtesy Tim Laman

Found only in New Guinea and parts of Australia, the birds-of-paradise are a case study in the evolutionary power of sexual selection. Their fantastic plumes and bizarre courtship displays are a result of millions of years of sexual selection at work in an environment with plentiful food and no natural predators.

Kids receive free admission Thursdays, sponsored by Animal Jam.

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In 2004, Cornell University Lab of Ornithology scientist Edwin Scholes and field biologist and National Geographic photographer Tim Laman set out to complete the first comprehensive study of all birds-of-paradise. After 8 years and 18 expeditions they have amassed photographic and video coverage of all 39 known species and documented several new behaviors.

Fascinating stories of groundbreaking research and adventure paired with amazing footage and photography are the foundation of this highly interactive exhibition. “Birds of Paradise” captures these unique species, with stunning imagery, compelling video, soundscapes, artifacts, engaging educational activities, and supplementary programming for all ages.

This exhibition was developed by National Geographic and The Cornell Lab of Ornithology.


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