Family Birds-of-paradise (Paradisaeidae)

Least Concern

Magnificent Riflebird (Lophorina magnifica)


Taxonomy

French: Paradisier gorge-d’acier German: Prachtparadiesvogel Spanish: Ave del paraíso goliazul
Taxonomy:

Falcinellus magnificus

Vieillot

, 1819,

Dorey, Vogelkop, New Guinea

.

See L. paradisea (above). Has been considered conspecific with L. victoriae. Previously considered conspecific with L. intercedens (see below). Intergeneric hybridization with Seleucidis melanoleucus and Paradisaea minor recorded; also with congener L. superba. Race alberti smaller than nominate and L. intercedens, and vocally moderately distinct from nominate; more research needed to assess its taxonomic status. Two subspecies recognized.

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.
  • Descriptive notes

    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

    Voice

    Races differ in advertisement vocalizations of male: nominate race (W & C New Guinea) and ... read more

    Habitat

    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

    Breeding

    Season variable across range, at least Jun–Feb, females with enlarged oocytes Feb, Jun, Jul and Oct–Nov and some males with... read more

    Movements

    Presumed resident.

    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

    Recommended citation

    Frith, C. & Frith, D. (2017). Magnificent Riflebird (Lophorina magnifica). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from http://www.hbw.com/node/60649 on 21 October 2017).