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When photographer Tim Laman was given an assignment to photograph the birds-of-paradise, he knew it wasn’t going to be easy. Working alongside Ed Scholes, an ornithologist and world authority on the birds-of-paradise, Laman completed seven major expeditions and photographed 22 birds-of-paradise species in the wild. But neither he nor Ed were entirely satisfied. After all, they were over halfway to photographing all 39 known species of birds-of-paradise, something that had never been done before. After eight years of work, involving 18 expeditions and 51 unique field sites, their Birds-of-Paradise Project was completed, resulting in a comprehensive collection of photographs, which shed new light on some of the most intriguing yet scarcely documented birds known to science.

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Mountain rainforest with mist in the early morning, near Mount Hagen, Enga Province, Papua New Guinea, August 2004  -  Tim Laman
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Tim Laman / Mountain rainforest with mist in the early morning, near Mount Hagen, Enga Province, Papua New Guinea, August 2004
Aerial view of Foja Mountians rain forest, with river flowing through a wooded valley. June 2007.  -  Tim Laman
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Tim Laman / Aerial view of Foja Mountians rain forest, with river flowing through a wooded valley. June 2007.
Greater Bird of Paradise (Paradisaea apoda) male performing upright wing pose display, Badigaki Forest, Wokam Island in the Aru Islands, Indonesia  -  Tim Laman
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Tim Laman / Greater Bird of Paradise (Paradisaea apoda) male performing upright wing pose display, Badigaki Forest, Wokam Island in the Aru Islands, Indonesia
Greater Bird of Paradise (Paradisaea apoda) displaying on canopy lek display site, Badigaki Forest, Wokam Island in the Aru Islands, Indonesia. (Winner, Special Award Portfolio, Wildlife Photographer...  -  Tim  Laman
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Tim Laman / Greater Bird of Paradise (Paradisaea apoda) displaying on canopy lek display site, Badigaki Forest, Wokam Island in the Aru Islands, Indonesia. (Winner, Special Award Portfolio, Wildlife Photographer...
King Bird of Paradise (Cicinnurus regius) male, New Guinea  -  Tim Laman
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Tim Laman / King Bird of Paradise (Cicinnurus regius) male, New Guinea
Blue Bird of Paradise (Paradisaea rudolphi) male performing practice display in the vicinity of the Tari Valley, Southern Highlands Province, Papua New Guinea.  -  Tim Laman
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Tim Laman / Blue Bird of Paradise (Paradisaea rudolphi) male performing practice display in the vicinity of the Tari Valley, Southern Highlands Province, Papua New Guinea.
Greater Bird of Paradise (Paradisaea apoda) adult male performing upright wing pose display. Badigaki Forest, Wokam Island, Aru Islands, Indonesia.  -  Tim Laman
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Tim Laman / Greater Bird of Paradise (Paradisaea apoda) adult male performing upright wing pose display. Badigaki Forest, Wokam Island, Aru Islands, Indonesia.
King of Saxony Bird of Paradise (Pteridophora alberti) male performing display on vines in the forest interior, Papua New Guinea  -  Tim Laman
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Tim Laman / King of Saxony Bird of Paradise (Pteridophora alberti) male performing display on vines in the forest interior, Papua New Guinea
Greater Bird of Paradise (Paradisaea apoda) male performing pre-copulatory phase tapping the back of the female's neck. Badigaki Forest, Wokam Island in the Aru Islands, Indonesia.  -  Tim Laman
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Tim Laman / Greater Bird of Paradise (Paradisaea apoda) male performing pre-copulatory phase tapping the back of the female's neck. Badigaki Forest, Wokam Island in the Aru Islands, Indonesia.
Greater Bird of Paradise (Paradisaea apoda) male performing upright wing pose display at lek, ~Badigaki Forest, Wokam Island in the Aru Islands, Indonesia.  -  Tim Laman
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Tim Laman / Greater Bird of Paradise (Paradisaea apoda) male performing upright wing pose display at lek, ~Badigaki Forest, Wokam Island in the Aru Islands, Indonesia.
Goldie's Bird of Paradise (Paradisaea decora) males at display site in the canopy performing their courtship display. A female carefully inspects one of the males who holds his final static pose. Papu...  -  Tim Laman
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Tim Laman / Goldie's Bird of Paradise (Paradisaea decora) males at display site in the canopy performing their courtship display. A female carefully inspects one of the males who holds his final static pose. Papu...
Raggiana Bird of Paradise (Paradisaea raggiana)adult male perched in forest canopy displaying to females, Kiburu Forest, Southern Highlands Province, Papua New Guinea.  -  Tim Laman
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Tim Laman / Raggiana Bird of Paradise (Paradisaea raggiana)adult male perched in forest canopy displaying to females, Kiburu Forest, Southern Highlands Province, Papua New Guinea.
Greater Bird of Paradise (Paradisaea apoda) male displaying to a female, Badigaki Forest, Wokam Island in the Aru Islands, Indonesia.  -  Tim Laman
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Tim Laman / Greater Bird of Paradise (Paradisaea apoda) male displaying to a female, Badigaki Forest, Wokam Island in the Aru Islands, Indonesia.
Greater Bird of Paradise (Paradisaea apoda) female checks out two adult males performing the inverted static display at their display lek.  Badigaki Forest, Wokam Island in the Aru Islands, Indonesia.  -  Tim Laman
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Tim Laman / Greater Bird of Paradise (Paradisaea apoda) female checks out two adult males performing the inverted static display at their display lek. Badigaki Forest, Wokam Island in the Aru Islands, Indonesia.
Lesser Bird of Paradise (Paradisaea minor) male displaying high in the rain forest canopy at his display site (lek) Papua New Guinea  -  Tim Laman
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Tim Laman / Lesser Bird of Paradise (Paradisaea minor) male displaying high in the rain forest canopy at his display site (lek) Papua New Guinea
Greater Bird of Paradise (Paradisaea apoda) male performing upright wing pose display, Badigaki Forest, Wokam Island in the Aru Islands, Indonesia.  -  Tim Laman
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Tim Laman / Greater Bird of Paradise (Paradisaea apoda) male performing upright wing pose display, Badigaki Forest, Wokam Island in the Aru Islands, Indonesia.
Lesser Bird of Paradise (Paradisaea minor) male displaying high in the rainforest canopy at his display site, New Guinea  -  Tim Laman
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Tim Laman / Lesser Bird of Paradise (Paradisaea minor) male displaying high in the rainforest canopy at his display site, New Guinea
Greater Bird of Paradise (Paradisaea apoda) two adult males perched on outer branches of their lek (display site) Badigaki Forest, Wokam Island in the Aru Islands, Indonesia.  -  Tim Laman
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Tim Laman / Greater Bird of Paradise (Paradisaea apoda) two adult males perched on outer branches of their lek (display site) Badigaki Forest, Wokam Island in the Aru Islands, Indonesia.
Red Bird of Paradise (Paradisaea rubra) adult male at lek display site in the top of a canopy tree.~Batanta Island, Papua, Indonesia.  -  Tim Laman
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Tim Laman / Red Bird of Paradise (Paradisaea rubra) adult male at lek display site in the top of a canopy tree.~Batanta Island, Papua, Indonesia.
Goldie's Bird of Paradise (Paradisaea decora) male displaying in tree, Papua New Guinea  -  Tim Laman
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Tim Laman / Goldie's Bird of Paradise (Paradisaea decora) male displaying in tree, Papua New Guinea
Blue Bird of Paradise (Paradisaea rudolphi) male, Papua New Guinea  -  Tim Laman
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Tim Laman / Blue Bird of Paradise (Paradisaea rudolphi) male, Papua New Guinea
Blue Bird of Paradise (Paradisaea rudolphi) male calling in the vicinity of the Tari Valley, Southern Highlands Province, Papua New Guinea.  -  Tim Laman
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Tim Laman / Blue Bird of Paradise (Paradisaea rudolphi) male calling in the vicinity of the Tari Valley, Southern Highlands Province, Papua New Guinea.
Superb Bird of Paradise (Lophorina superba) adult male calling, Papua New Guinea  -  Tim Laman
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Tim Laman / Superb Bird of Paradise (Lophorina superba) adult male calling, Papua New Guinea
Magnificent Riflebird (Ptiloris magnificus) male displaying to female from his display vine, Papua New Guinea. Winner, Special Award Portfolio, Wildlife Photographer of the Year (WPOY) 2014 competitio...  -  Tim Laman
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Tim Laman / Magnificent Riflebird (Ptiloris magnificus) male displaying to female from his display vine, Papua New Guinea. Winner, Special Award Portfolio, Wildlife Photographer of the Year (WPOY) 2014 competitio...
Victoria's Riflebird (Ptiloris victoriae) male on display perch trying to lure a female down to his perch with a spread wings display, Atherton Tablelands, Wooroonooran National Park, Queensland, Aust...  -  Tim Laman
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Tim Laman / Victoria's Riflebird (Ptiloris victoriae) male on display perch trying to lure a female down to his perch with a spread wings display, Atherton Tablelands, Wooroonooran National Park, Queensland, Aust...
Magnificent Riflebird (Ptiloris magnificus) male displaying to female on his display vine, Papua New Guinea  -  Tim Laman
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Tim Laman / Magnificent Riflebird (Ptiloris magnificus) male displaying to female on his display vine, Papua New Guinea
Paradise Riflebird (Ptiloris paradiseus) young male performing a practice display, Papua New Guinea  -  Tim Laman
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Tim Laman / Paradise Riflebird (Ptiloris paradiseus) young male performing a practice display, Papua New Guinea
Paradise Riflebird (Ptiloris paradiseus) young males performing practice displays to each other. Eastern Australia  -  Tim Laman
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Tim Laman / Paradise Riflebird (Ptiloris paradiseus) young males performing practice displays to each other. Eastern Australia
Black Sicklebill Bird of Paradise (Epimachus fastosus) male on his display perch, in mid-display with plumes raised over his head, Papua New Guinea  -  Tim Laman
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Tim Laman / Black Sicklebill Bird of Paradise (Epimachus fastosus) male on his display perch, in mid-display with plumes raised over his head, Papua New Guinea
Magnificent Bird of Paradise (Cicinnurus magnificus) male displaying his green breast shield to a female above from his display perch in the middle of his cleared court, Irian Jaya, Indonesia  -  Tim Laman
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Tim Laman / Magnificent Bird of Paradise (Cicinnurus magnificus) male displaying his green breast shield to a female above from his display perch in the middle of his cleared court, Irian Jaya, Indonesia
Magnificent Bird of Paradise (Cicinnurus magnificus) male at calling perch near his display court.  Huon Peninsula, YUS Conservation Area, Morobe Province, Papua New Guinea.  -  Tim Laman
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Tim Laman / Magnificent Bird of Paradise (Cicinnurus magnificus) male at calling perch near his display court. Huon Peninsula, YUS Conservation Area, Morobe Province, Papua New Guinea.
Magnificent Bird of Paradise (Cicinnurus magnificus) male erecting his cape in display on calling perch near his display court, Huon Peninsula, YUS Conservation Area, Morobe Province, Papua New Guinea...  -  Tim Laman
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Tim Laman / Magnificent Bird of Paradise (Cicinnurus magnificus) male erecting his cape in display on calling perch near his display court, Huon Peninsula, YUS Conservation Area, Morobe Province, Papua New Guinea...
Ribbon tailed Astrapia Bird of Paradise (Astrapia mayeri) adult male with irridiscent plumage, Papua New Guinea  -  Tim Laman
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Tim Laman / Ribbon tailed Astrapia Bird of Paradise (Astrapia mayeri) adult male with irridiscent plumage, Papua New Guinea
Wahnes's Parotia (Parotia wahnesi) adult male on perch over his court, Papua New Guinea  -  Tim Laman
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Tim Laman / Wahnes's Parotia (Parotia wahnesi) adult male on perch over his court, Papua New Guinea
Western Parotia (Parotia sefilata) male at its display court, performing ballerina dance, Papua New Guinea  -  Tim Laman
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Tim Laman / Western Parotia (Parotia sefilata) male at its display court, performing ballerina dance, Papua New Guinea
Male Carola's Parotia (Parotia carolae) bird of paradise displaying on his display court to five females perched above, Crater Mountain Wildlife Management Area, Eastern Highlands Province, Papua New...  -  Tim Laman
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Tim Laman / Male Carola's Parotia (Parotia carolae) bird of paradise displaying on his display court to five females perched above, Crater Mountain Wildlife Management Area, Eastern Highlands Province, Papua New...
Male Carola's Parotia (Parotia carolae) bird of paradise displaying at his display court, Crater Mountain Wildlife Management Area, Eastern Highlands Province, Papua New Guinea.  -  Tim Laman
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Tim Laman / Male Carola's Parotia (Parotia carolae) bird of paradise displaying at his display court, Crater Mountain Wildlife Management Area, Eastern Highlands Province, Papua New Guinea.
King bird of paradise (Cicinnurus regius) male performing open wings display, Papua New Guinea  -  Tim Laman
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Tim Laman / King bird of paradise (Cicinnurus regius) male performing open wings display, Papua New Guinea
King Bird of Paradise (Cicinnurus regius) male with his pectoral fans extended, part of mating display, Papua New Guinea  -  Tim Laman
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Tim Laman / King Bird of Paradise (Cicinnurus regius) male with his pectoral fans extended, part of mating display, Papua New Guinea
Wilson's Bird of Paradise (Cicinnurus respublica)male on the main display pole in the center of his court, Papua New Guinea  -  Tim Laman
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Tim Laman / Wilson's Bird of Paradise (Cicinnurus respublica)male on the main display pole in the center of his court, Papua New Guinea
Wilson's Bird of Paradise (Cicinnurus respublica) male displays to female from a small sapling in the middle of his display court, Papua New Guinea  -  Tim Laman
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Tim Laman / Wilson's Bird of Paradise (Cicinnurus respublica) male displays to female from a small sapling in the middle of his display court, Papua New Guinea
King of Saxony Bird of Paradise (Pteridophora alberti) adult male on calling perch. Southern Highlands province, Papua New Guinea  -  Tim Laman
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Tim Laman / King of Saxony Bird of Paradise (Pteridophora alberti) adult male on calling perch. Southern Highlands province, Papua New Guinea
Twelve wired Bird of Paradise (Seleucidis melanoleuca) male at display perch in the swamp rain forest at Nimbokrang, Papua, Indonesia, Island of New Guinea. Winner, Special Award Portfolio, Wildlife P...  -  Tim Laman
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Tim Laman / Twelve wired Bird of Paradise (Seleucidis melanoleuca) male at display perch in the swamp rain forest at Nimbokrang, Papua, Indonesia, Island of New Guinea. Winner, Special Award Portfolio, Wildlife P...
Twelve-wired Bird of Paradise (Seleucidis melanoleuca) male at his display pole in the swamp rain forest at Nimbokrang, Papau, Indonesia, Island of New Guinea.  -  Tim Laman
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Tim Laman / Twelve-wired Bird of Paradise (Seleucidis melanoleuca) male at his display pole in the swamp rain forest at Nimbokrang, Papau, Indonesia, Island of New Guinea.
Twelve wired Bird of Paradise (Seleucidis melanoleuca) male displaying to a female at his display pole in the swamp rain forest at Nimbokrang, Papau, Indonesia, Island of New Guinea. Winner, Special A...  -  Tim Laman
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Tim Laman / Twelve wired Bird of Paradise (Seleucidis melanoleuca) male displaying to a female at his display pole in the swamp rain forest at Nimbokrang, Papau, Indonesia, Island of New Guinea. Winner, Special A...
Twelve-wired Bird of Paradise (Seleucidis melanoleuca) male displaying to a female at his display pole in the swamp rain foerst at Nimbokrang, Papau, Indonesia, Island of New Guinea.  -  Tim Laman
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Tim Laman / Twelve-wired Bird of Paradise (Seleucidis melanoleuca) male displaying to a female at his display pole in the swamp rain foerst at Nimbokrang, Papau, Indonesia, Island of New Guinea.
Wallace's Standardwing Bird of Paradise (Semioptera wallacei) male at display site in the rainforest canopy, Kali Batu Putih, Halmahera Island, North Moluccas, Indonesia.  -  Tim Laman
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Tim Laman / Wallace's Standardwing Bird of Paradise (Semioptera wallacei) male at display site in the rainforest canopy, Kali Batu Putih, Halmahera Island, North Moluccas, Indonesia.
Wallace's Standardwing Bird of Paradise (Semioptera wallacei) male at his display site in the rainforest canopy, Halmahera, Indonesia.  -  Tim Laman
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Tim Laman / Wallace's Standardwing Bird of Paradise (Semioptera wallacei) male at his display site in the rainforest canopy, Halmahera, Indonesia.
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