French: Paradisier gorge-d’acier German: Prachtparadiesvogel Spanish: Ave del paraíso goliazul
Dorey, Vogelkop, New Guinea
Subspecies and Distribution
L. m. magnifica
(Vieillot, 1819) – W & C New Guinea from Vogelkop E to Wewak area in N and, in S, to Purari R.
L. m. alberti
(Elliot, 1871) – Albany I and patchily on adjacent Cape York Peninsula (S to Weipa area on W coast and to Rocky R area of McIlwraith Range on E), in NE Australia.
Male 34 cm, 143–230 g; female 28 cm, 94–185 g. Fairly large paradisaeid with long, decurved bill and short, rather square-ended graduated tail. Male nominate... read more
Races differ in advertisement vocalizations of male: nominate race (W & C New Guinea) and ... read more
Lowland forest, hill forest and middle montane forest, also monsoon forest, swamp-forest, and... read more
Food and feeding
Fruits (mostly capsules) and animals, latter including wide variety of insects, spiders (Araneae) and myriapods; overall a greater... read more
Season variable across range, at least Jun–Feb, females with enlarged oocytes Feb, Jun, Jul and Oct–Nov and some males with... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. CITES II. Mostly common where found; uncommon at 300–1200 m in S Cyclops Mts in Jul, with calling males sparse. In 2002, within Crater Mountain... read more
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