Super-fancy bird may comprise a second species

Sharp-eyed ornithologists noticed that some specimens of Vogelkop Superb Bird-of-Paradise that they observed looked different enough that they may be a separate species. They captured video of the other kind for comparison.

The newly documented kind has more of a frowny face when the males present:

Here's the other kind for comparison:

The females look significantly different as well.

Sometimes a new species is hiding in plain sight...meet the Vogelkop Superb Bird-of-Paradise. Learn more about how the distinct song, dance and courtship appearance of the Vogelkop Superb Bird-of-Paradise confirms its new species status in our scientific paper.

A new species? The Vogelkop Superb Bird-of-Paradise (YouTube / LabofOrnithology)