39 Vintage Bird Of Paradise illustrations from the public domain

When quizzed on what his favorite series was to film, David Attenborough pointed to The Life of Birds. In particular, loved his time exploring the diverse and beautiful population of different kinds of birds of paradise in Papua New Guinea. Their behaviors and songs are some of the most bewitching, hypnotizing, and sometimes hilarious of all birds. And they’re DAMN good-looking.

Luckily for us, there is a bunch of gorgeous vintage bird of paradise illustrations available for us in the public domain!  19th-century biologist and ornithologist Richard Bowdler Sharpe’s works are a particularly stunning collection of bird of paradise images, and they’re all here to download for free. They’re copyright free too, so you can use them however you like! We hope you love them as much as we do.