National Geographic : 1950 Feb
Strange Courtship of Birds of Paradise 269 National Geographic Photographer Volkinar Wentzel Bird of Paradise Plumes Add Color to the Glittering Court of Nepal This sequestered country between India and Tibet is the last kingdom on earth in which the brilliant feathers of New Guinea's paradise birds still are worn as a symbol of royalty. At least six plumes of the Greater Bird of Paradise (pages 252 and 253) have been cleverly interwoven to form the shimmering panache above the jeweled crown of the King, to whom the United States Minister, Loy W. Henderson. is presenting a member of his staff. A similar but smaller adornment surmounts the Maharaja-Prime Minister, Sir Mohun Shamsher Jang Bahadur Rana.