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A male golden-fronted bowerbird holds a bright blue berry in its beak as part of a courtship ritual—just one of the unusual birds seen on the Indonesian island of New Guinea during a June 2007 expedition.

Bowerbirds are best known for attracting females by building towers of twigs and other forest materials, with some species depositing a variety of "gifts" inside. The rare Foja bird's mating moves were first photographed in 2006.

The June trip, led by Conservation International, captured on tape the bird's full courtship display for the first time.

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—Photograph by Bruce M. Beehler/Conservation International
 
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