According to National Geographic, the bird of paradise is the “diva” of the avian world. The birds of paradise are in the family Paradisaeidae, and are characterized by the splendor and brilliance of their plumage (feathers). These birds are native to New Guinea and neighboring islands. Just published an article about birds of prey: The Eagle Soars Again. Glad people didn’t take to slaughtering birds of paradise the way they did with the American bald eagles.