The Superb Bird-of-paradise, Lophorina, is a small, approximately 26 cm long. It is the only member in the genusLophorina. The male is black with an iridescent green crown, blue-green breast shield and a long velvety black erectile cape covering his back.
The female is a reddish-brown bird with brownish barred buff below.The species has an unusually low population of females, and competition amongst males for mates is intensely fierce. This has led the species to have one of the most bizarre and elaborate courtship displays in the avian world. After carefully and meticulously preparing a "dance floor" (even scrubbing the dirt or branch smooth with leaves), the male first attracts a female with a loud call.