Sunday, May 8, 2011

Surreal seductions: Birds of paradise strut their stuff

Surreal seductions: Birds of paradise strut their stuff

Male birds of paradise have developed extraordinarily elaborate ways of attracting females. Photographs and specimens on display at a new exhibition at the Australian Museum in Sydney show the range of these birds' distinctive plumage, and the lengths males will go to impress a potential mate.

World turned upside down

The male blue bird of paradise (Paradisaea rudolphi) puts on an impressive show to attract the attention of females. Hanging upside down from a branch, he displays his colourful plumage while vocalising softly in a low but harsh vibrating voice. His tail feathers form a pair of impressive arches either side of him.



Pulsating colour 
During courtship, the blue bird of paradise also rhythmically enlarges and contracts the centre of his black and red chest, spreading his plumes out in a fan whilst swaying back and forth



King of all he surveys 
The male King of Saxony bird of paradise (Pteridophora alberti) guards his territory from an elevated perch. To display his prowess, he jumps up and down on the spot, showing off two magnificent quills notched with blue enamel-like plates. As he jumps and calls out, the quivering plumes attract the females.


Magnificent singer 
The aptly named magnificent bird of paradise (Cicinnurus magnificus) is more often heard than seen. The males have a broad repertoire of song and use five different types of calls to communicate with each other. One, which has a "ksss-ksss-ks-ks-ksss" sound, is reserved specifically for courtship displays. 


Proud to be bald 
The bare-skinned head of the male Wilson's bird of paradise (Cicinnurus respublica) is bright turquoise with a fine black pattern on it and an iridescent sheen. The brightness of his head and curled tail feathers allow the females to distinguish the mature birds from the younger ones. 



Telling tails 
The male ribbon-tailed astrapia (Asprapia mayeri) has the longest tail feathers in relation to body size of any bird – over three times the length of its body. 



Looking a million dollars 
The vibrant red plumage of the male king bird of paradise (Cicinnurus regius) make a dramatic contrast with the restrained tones of the female. The green disc at the end of each tail feather has earned it the nickname of the dollar bird. The males certainly put their bright colours and ornamental feathers to good use: their elaborate dances, poses, song and other rituals can last for hours. And, as many males are polygamous, such displays can end up taking a significant amount of their lives. 


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Saturday, May 7, 2011

Pippa Middleton: Rear of the Year?‎

Pippa Middleton: Rear of the Year?‎

Ever since the royal wedding, the world seems to be obsessed with Pippa Middleton - thanks to her figure-hugging white dress.

Now after gaining admirers across the world, the 27-year-old perfect pert bum is being tipped to win this year's Rear of the Year award, reports the Daily Express.

The Duchess of Cambridge's sister wowed TV viewers in her maid of honour dress and, again in her tight white jeans the following day.

Big sister Kate may have been the beautiful blushing bride but it was Pippa who made an impression on social network sites Facebook and Twitter as a flurry of conversation began over her figure-hugging white dress.

Several Facebook pages have been set up following her royal wedding appearance such as the 'Pippa Middleton Ass Appreciation Society' which has 187,063 'likes' to date, encouraging followers to "show your appreciation for the Minxy Middleton."

Tony Edwards, who runs the event admitted the surge in votes for Pippa Middleton was 'sudden' and 'unexpected.'

The 'Rear of the Year' title is currently held by BBC newsreader Fiona Bruce. The award will be presented at London's Dorchester Hotel next month.


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Paris Hilton is mean: Lindsay

Paris Hilton is mean: Lindsay

Troubled actress Lindsay Lohan has reportedly branded socialite Paris Hilton "mean" for making fun of her jewellery theft case.

Lindsay, who is currently facing a misdemeanour theft charge for allegedly stealing a $2,500 necklace from a Los Angeles jewellery store, is upset about a joke Hilton cracked in an episode of her new reality series "The World According to Paris".

TMZ.com reports that Lindsay has reacted and has been telling friends: "Paris is mean. You don't have to make fun of serious matters in people's lives to be funny."

If convicted of stealing the necklace, Lindsay is likely to be sent to jail. Last week she was also found in breach of her probation in connection with the case and sentenced to 120 days in prison, which she was bailed from, and 480 hours of community service.

Paris and Lindsay have had a turbulent relationship since 2006, when the latter was accused of getting too close to Paris' ex-boyfriend, Stavros Niarchos.


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Gisele Bundchen is world's top earning model

Gisele Bundchen is world's top earning model

Supermodel Gisele Bundchen has been named the world's top earning model by Forbes for the seventh straight year.

Bundchen has been topping the list since 2004. Her income this year was $45 million, an increase by a whopping $20 million.

Contactmusic.com reports that proof of Bundchen's star-status enhancing brands is easy to find, as after she became the face of hair care brand Pantene in March 2010, the company's sales went up by 40 percent in Latin America.

In second place was German model Heidi Klum, who earned $20 million through her recent partnership with Amazon.com and launching her own clothing line with sportswear brand New Balance.

The third place went to British model Kate Moss, who made $13.5 million from deals, including her own bag collection with brand Longchamp, and a campaign for Christian Dior.

The Forbes 2011 list for the world's top-earning models:
Gisele Bundchen - $45 million
Heidi Klum - $20 million
Kate Moss - $13.5 million
Adriana Lima - $8 million
Alessandra Ambrosio - $5 million
Daria Werbowy - $4.5 million
Lara Stone - $4.5 million
Carolyn Murphy - $4.3 million
Natalia Vodianova - $4 million
Candice Swanepol - $2 million


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Salman breaks the record for most kisses received

Salman breaks the record for most kisses received

Salman Khan attempted to break a record for most kisses received on the hand in a minute on Guiness World Records -- Ab India Todega. The previous record for the stunt was set by an actor from Japan who received 87 kisses. To break this record, Sallu was joined by 25 young girls who were thrilled to have the opportunity to kiss the superstar. They managed to kiss him 108 times in a minute, breaking the Guinness world record! Maybe Salman should now star in the male version of Katrina's famous song -- Zara Zara Kiss Me Kiss Me. Wot say?


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