BIRDS-OF-PARADISE

Order Passeriformes    Family Paradisaeidae


The majority of the species from the Bird of Paradise family Paradisaeidae are found in New Guinea. A few are found islands and in Australia. The males tend to have spectacular plumage. Their habitat is dense rain forest so they are usually difficult to photograph.


Genus Astrapia
The males have highly iridescent plumage and remarkably long tails. Females are duller and have shorter tails.

Astrapia,_Arfak_ Astrapia nigra Found: New Guinea
The Arfak Astrapia has iridescent purple, green and bronze plumage. Male has long broad tail; velvety black breast; complex head plumage. Female has blackish-brown upperparts; pale barring on underparts.
Image by: 1) Richard_Sharpe  2) Hectonichus
2) specimen


Astrapia,_Huon
  Astrapia rothschildi Found: New Guinea
The male Huon Astrapia has dark olive-green upperparts; glossy blue crown; elongated purple-green nape feathers; very long purplish-black tail. Female has blackish-brown upperparts; pale barring on underparts.
Image by: 1) Katerina_Tvardikova  2) Ellis_Rowan


Astrapia,_Ribbon-tailed  Astrapia mayeri Found: New Guinea
The male Ribbon-tailed Astrapla has iridescent olive green and bronze upperparts; a "ball" of plumage above bill; 2 very long ribbon-like white tail feathers. Female has brown upperparts; barred underparts.
Image by: 1) Katerina_Tvardikova  2) Jerry_Oldenettel  3) pornfoto  4) Markaharper   5) Dave_Ringer
2) Female  3) Juvenile male  4, 5) Msle


Astrapia,_Stephanie's  Astrapia stephaniae Found: New Guinea
The male Stephanie's Astrapia has iridescent blue-green and purple head; 2 very long purple-black central tail feathers. Female has dark brown upperparts; bluish-black head; black barred cinnamon-brown underparts.
Image by: 1) Katerina_Tvardikova  2) Richard_Sharpe



Genus Cicinnurus
The males have bright blue legs and feet.

Bird-of-Paradise,_King
  Cicinnurus regius Found: New Guinea
The male King Bird-of-Paradise has crimison and white plumage; blue feet. Female has brown upperparts with barred underparts.
Image by: 1, 2, 3) Katerina_Tvardikova  4) Doug_Janson


Bird-of-Paradise,_Magnificent
  Cicinnurus magnificus Found: New Guinea
The male Magnificent Bird-of-Paradise has bright yellow wings, mantle on neck;; iridescent green breast shield; blue legs. Female has drab olive-brown upperparts; buffy underparts with black barring.
Image by: 1) Ross_Tsai  2, 3) Ltshears


Bird-of-Paradise,_Wilson's
  Cicinnurus respublica Found: New Guinea
The male Wilson's Bird-of-Paradise has mainly red upperparts; yellow mantle patch; blue crown with black markings; black underparts; 2 curled violet tail feathers; blue legs. Female has mainly brownish plumage; blue crown.
Image by: 1) Serhanoksay  2, 3) Ross_Tsai



Genus Drepanornis
They have long decurved sickle-like bills.

Sicklebill,_Black-billed  Drepanornis albertisi   Found: New Guinea
The male Black-billed Sicklebill cinnamon-brown upperparts; paler rump, upper-tail coverts; sooty upper-breast; violet breast-band; white belly, vent; dark very long sickle-like bill. Female has brown plumage; dark very long sickle-like bill.
Image by: 1) Joseph_Smit


Sicklebill,_Pale-billed  Drepanornis bruijnii  Found: New Guinea
The Pale-billed Sicklebill has pale very long sickle-like bill. Male has bare purple-gray skin around eyes; brown eyes; purple-tipped upper-breast plumes; purple small horn-like brown feathers. Female paler than male.
Image by: 1) hbw.com



Genus Epimachus
These sickelbills have long down-curved sickle-like bills and long tails. Males of both species have extensive iridescent blackish to their plumage, while females are overall brown with barred underparts.

Sicklebill,_Black  Epimachus fastosus  Found: New Guinea
The male Black Sicklebill has mainly black plumage; red eyes; yellow mouth; long curved black bill; large fan-like plumes on sides of breast; long tail. Female smaller than male; reddish-brown plumage; brown eyes; buff underparts with barring.
Image by: 1) Richard_Sharpe


Sicklebill,_Brown  Epimachus meyeri  Found: New Guinea
The male Brown Sicklebill iridescent blue-black upperparts; black bill; yellow mouth; dark brown breast; olive-brown vent. Female reddish brown; buff underparts with black barring. Both sexes have long sickle-like bill.
Image by: 1) Katerina_Tvardikova  2) Richard_Sharpe  3, 5) Markaharper  4) David_Cook
3, 4) Female   5) Male



Genus Lophorina - 1 species

Bird-of-Paradise,_Superb  Lophorina superba  Found: New Guinea
The male Superb Bird-of_Paradise has mainly black plumage; iridescent green crown; blue-green breast shield; long velvety black erectile cape covering back. Female has reddish-brown plumage; buff underparts with brownish barring.
Image by: 1) Richard_Sharpe  2) David_Cook  3) Natasha_Baucas  4) Hectonichus
2) Female 3) Male 4) Male specimen



Genus Lycocorax - 1 species

Crow,_Paradise   Lycocorax pyrrhopterus  Found: Indonesia
The Paradise Crow dark upperparts; black underparts; black bill; crimson eyes; call like a dog's bark.
Image by: 1) Richard_Sharpe  2) Paulo_Alves  3) Marcel_Holyoak



Genus Manucodia
Manucodes are birds-of-paradise in the genus Manucodia, that are medium-sized with black-glossed purple and green plumages. The members of this genus are distributed in the lowland forests of New Guinea and nearby islands.

Manucode,_Crinkle-collared  Manucodia chalybatus  Found: New Guinea
Image by: 1) Katerina_Tvardikova  2) Biodiversity_Heritage_Library


Manucode,_Curl-crested  Manucodia comrii  Found: New Guinea
The Curl-crested Manucode has glossy purple, black, and green plumage; red eyes; yellowish-green upper-breast, neck; curled head feathering.
Image by: 1) Katerina_Tvardikova  2) Richard_Sharpe


Manucode,_Glossy-mantled Manucodia ater   Found: New Guinea
Image by: 1) Katerina_Tvardikova  2) Jerry_Oldenettel


Manucode,_Jobi  Manucodia jobiensis  Found: New Guinea
The Jobi Manucode glossy greenish-blue, black and purple upperparts; blueish and short neck, upper-breast feathers.
Image by: 1) Katerina_Tvardikova  2) Richard_Sharpe



Genus Melampitta

Melampitta,_Greater
  Melampitta gigantea Found: New Guinea
Image by: 1) Katerina_Tvardikova  2) hbw.com


Melampitta,_Lesser  Melampitta lugubris Found: New Guinea
The Lesser Melampitta has glossy dark plumage; long tail; short legs. Males has crimson red eyes; female has dark brown eyes.
Image by: 1, 2) Katerina_Tvardikova



Genus Paradigalla

Paradigalla,_Long-tailed   Paradigalla carunculata  Found: New Guinea
The Long-tailed Paradigalla has black plumage; mainly yellow face wattles with some blue.
Image by: 1) John Gould
1) Male left; female right


Paradigalla,_Short-tailed   Paradigalla brevicauda  Found: New Guinea
The Short-tailed Paradigalla has black plumage; mainly yellow face wattles with some blue; very short tail.
Image by: 1) Katerina_Tvardikova  2) Henrik_Gronvold  3) David_Cook



Genus Paradisaea

Bird-of-Paradise,_Blue  Paradisaea rudolphi  Found: New Guinea
The Blue Bird-of-Paradise has bluish-white bill; gray legs; broken white eye-ring; bright blue wings. Male has blue and cinammon flank plumes; 2 long ribbon-like tail feathers. Female has chesnut-brown underparts.
Image by: 1) Katerina_Tvardikova  2) Richard_Sharpe  3) Jay Ramji


Bird-of-Paradise,_Emperor  Paradisaea guilielmi  Found: New Guinea
The Emperor Bird-of-Paradise has reddish-brown iris; bluish-gray bill; purplish-brown legs. Male has dark emerald-green face, throat; 2 very long tail wires; large white flank plumes. Female has brown plumage; no ornamental plumes.
Image by: 1) Markus_Lagerqvist


Bird-of-Paradise,_Goldie's  Paradisaea decora  Found: New Guinea
The male Goldie's Bird-of-Paradise has yellow and dark green plumage; lavender-gray breast; yellow eyes; gray bill, mouth, feet; large crimson flank plumes; 2 long tail wires. Female has olive-brown upperparts; cinnamon-brown underparts.
Image by: 1) Katerina_Tvardikova  2) John_Gerrard_Keulemans


Bird-of-Paradise,_Greater  Paradisaea apoda  Found: New Guinea
The male Greater Bird-of-Paradise has mainly  maroon-brown plumage; iridescent green face; yellow glossed with silver head, nape. Male flank plumes are yellow at base turning white towards extremes. Female has maroon-brown plumage.
Image by: 1) Andrea_Lawardi  2) Phalinn_Ooi


Bird-of-Paradise,_Lesser  Paradisaea minor  Found: New Guinea
The male Lesser Bird-of-Paradises has dark emerald-green throat; 2 long tail wires; flank plumes are yellow at base transitioning to white. Female has maroon upperparts; dark brown head; whitish underparts.
Image by: 1) Anna_Harris  2) Rodeime
1) Female 2) Males


Bird-of-Paradise,_Raggiana  Paradisaea raggiana  Found: New Guinea
Image by: 1)Dick Daniels - San Diego Zoo  2) Sandy Cole - Sylvan Heights
1, 2) Female


Bird-of-Paradise,_Red  Paradisaea rubra  Found: New Guinea
The male Red Bird-of-Paradise has emerald green face; 2 corkscrew shaped tail wires; glossy red breast plumes. Female is similar; dark brown face; no breast plumes.
Image by: 1) Doug_Janson 2) Stevenn  3) Eric_Huang
1) Female 2, 3) Male



Genus Parotia
The males of the genus are characterized by an ornamental plumage consisting of six wired head plumes with black oval-shaped tips, a neck collar of black, feathers which can be spread into a skirt-like shape, and bright or iridescent head and throat markings. During courtship, they perform ballerina-like dances and spread out their "skirt" on a patch of forest floor they have meticulously cleaned of dead leaves and other debris.

Parotia,_Bronze also Foja_Parotia  Parotia berlepschiFound: New Guinea
The male Bronze Parotia has black and bronze-tinged upperparts; conspicuous white flank plumes; iridescent coppery-greenish breast plumes; six flag-tipped head wires. The duller female has brown upperparts; finely dark-barred whitish underparts; rufous wings; no head wires.
Image by; 1) Cl_Singapore


Parotia,_Carola's  Parotia carolae  Found: New Guinea
The male (Queen) Carola's Parotia has mainly black plumage; 3 head wires attached behind each eye; gold and white crest. Female has brown upperparts; barred grayish underparts.
Image by: 1) Katerina_Tvardikova  2) Richard_Sharpe  3) Wagon16


Parotia,_Lawes's  Parotia lawesii Found: New Guinea
The male Lawes's Parotia has velvet-black plumage;  silvery white foreheas crest; golden-green breast patch; 3 erectile head wires behind each eye. Female has brown upperparts; black head; dark-barred yellowish-brown underparts.
Image by: 1) Katerina_Tvardikova  2) Richard_Sharpe  3) Jerry_Oldenettel


Parotia,_Wahnes's  Parotia wahnesi   Found: New Guinea
The male Wahnes's Parotia has mainly black plumage; yellow-green breast-shield; 3 erectile head wires behind each eye. Female has brown uuperparts; blackish head; pale underparts with barring.
Image by: 1) Katerina_Tvardikova  2, 3) Henrik_Gronvold
2) Female 3) Male


Parotia,_Western  Parotia sefilata  Found: New Gunea
The male Western Parotia has glossy bluish-black plumage; golden-green breast shield; triangular silver feathers on crown; 3 erectile head wires behi d each eye. Female has brown upperparts; whitish underparts with dark barring.
Image by: 1) Richard_Sharpe  2, 3) Marek_Stefunko



Genus Phonygammus - 1 species

Manucode,_Trumpet  Phonygammus keraudrenii  Found: Australia, New Guinea
The male Trumpet Manucode has upperparts; blue-black head, nape, neck; irridescent blue-green upper-breast; blackish rest underparts. Female slightly duller on underparts.
Image by: 1) Richard_Sharpe  2) Johannes_Pfleiderer



Genus Pteridophora - 1 species

Bird-of-Paradise,_King-of-Saxony  Pteridophora alberti  Found: New Guinea
The male King-of-Saony Bird-of_Paradise has black and yellow plumage; aqua-green gape; black bill; brownish-gray legs; 2 extremely long eye plumes. Female has grayish-brown upperpart; pale underparts with barring.
Image by: 1) Katerina_Tvardikova  2, 4) Jerry_Oldenettel  3) Richard_Sharpe
2) Female 3, 4) Male




Genus Ptiloris
These birds of paradise are commonly known as riflebirds, so named for the likeness of their black velvety plumage to the uniform of the Rifle Brigade

Riflebird,_Magnificent  Ptiloris magnificus  Found: New Guinea, northeastern Australia
The male Magnificent Riflebird has mainly velvet-black plumage; wide triangle-shaped breast shield; elongated black flank plumes; blue-green crown; yellow mouth; down-curved bill; blackish feet. Female brownish; white line to rear of eye; buff barred underparts.
Image by: 1, 2, 3) Katerina_Tvardikova  4) Alwyn_Simple
2, 3) Female 4) Male


Riflebird,_Paradise  Ptiloris paradiseus  Found: eastern Australia
The male Paradise Riflebird has mainly glossy black plumage; iridescent blue thoart; belly lighter with some barring; yellow mouth, curved black bill. Femlae has olive brown upperparts; off-white underparts with blackish barring; curved bill.
Image by: 1) Biodiversity_Heritage_Library  2) Pete_Taylor  3) Hectonichus  4) Rose_Coupland
1, 2) Female 3) Male specimen 4) Male


Riflebird, Victoria's  Ptiloris victoriae  Found: northeastern Queensland (Australia)
Image by:  1, 2) David Cook - Lake Eacham, QLD, Australia  3) Fatal_Eyes  4) Greg_Schechter
1, 2) Female  3, 4) Male



Genus Seleucidis - 1 species

Bird-of-Paradise,_Twelve-wired
  Seleucidis melanoleucus   Found: New Guinea
The male Twelve-wired Bird-of-Paraidise black upperparts, head, breast; whitish belly with rich yellow plumes along flanks; 12 black wire-like plumes issue from ends of flank-plumes. Female has brown upperparts; black head; buffy underparts with black barring.
Image by: 1) Katerina_Tvardikova  2) Doug_Janson 3) Richard_Sharpe  4, 5) Jerry_Oldenettel 6) Stavenn



Genus Semioptera - 1 species

Bird-of-Paradise,_Standardwing  Semioptera wallacii  Found: Indonesia
The male Standardwing Bird-of-Paradise violet crown; emerald-green breast shield; 2 long breast plumes coming out from bend in wings. Female has olive-brown plumage; longer tail than males.
Image by: 1) Richard Sharpe  2) Hectonichus  3) Johnson





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