French: Paradisier noir German: Glanzparadieskrähe Spanish: Ave del paraíso negra
Dorey, north-west New Guinea
Subspecies and Distribution
M. a. ater
(Lesson, 1830) – Glossy-mantled Manucode – mainland New Guinea from Vogelkop E patchily to Huon Gulf and, in S, to Purari R.
M. a. subalter
Rothschild & E. J. O. Hartert, 1929 – West Papuan Is (Gebe, Waigeo, Gam, Batanta, Salawati, Misool), Aru Is, and SE Peninsula of New Guinea (E from Kumusi R in N watershed and, in S, from NE Gulf of Papua).
M. a. alter
Rothschild & E. J. O. Hartert, 1903 – Tagula Manucode – Tagula I, in Louisiade Archipelago (off SE New Guinea).
Male 38–42 cm, 170–315 g; female 33–37 cm, 155–252 g. Large paradisaeid with long, graduated tail; base of culmen ridge broadened and flattened to a... read more
Male gives mournful, high-pitched drawn-out advertisement call (tone having quality of electical... read more
Lowland rainforest, swamp-forest, forest edge, riverine and monsoon forests, woodlands, denser... read more
Food and feeding
Mostly fruits, especially figs (Ficus), possibly also flowers (perhaps nectar); also some animals, including insects and worms (... read more
Season at least Aug–Mar; males with fairly enlarged gonads in Feb–May and much-enlarged ones Jun–Jan, egg-laying Jan, Mar... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. CITES II. Common but inconspicuous; possibly sparsely distributed throughout fragmented range. Common and widespread in Aru Is. Appears not to be at... read more
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