Family Birds-of-paradise (Paradisaeidae)

Near Threatened

Wahnes's Parotia (Parotia wahnesi)


Taxonomy

French: Paradisier de Wahnes German: Wahnesparadiesvogel Spanish: Ave del paraíso de Wahnes
Taxonomy:

Parotia wahnesi

Rothschild

, 1906,

Rawlinson Mountains, New Guinea

.

Monotypic.

Distribution:

Adelbert Range and Huon Peninsula (Finisterre Range, Saruwaged Range, Cromwell Mts, Rawlinson Mts), in NE New Guinea.

Descriptive notes

Male 43 cm, 170–172 g; female 36 cm, 144–154 g. Large parotia with long, wedge-shaped tail often cocked slightly upward or to the side. Male is entirely velvety... read more

Voice

Male calls at court include harsh raspy "yeah-yeah" or "yack-yack", or a "... read more

Habitat

Middle montane forests; 1300–1600 m in Adelbert Range and 1100–1700 m in Huon Peninsula... read more

Food and feeding

Little known. Fruits and insects recorded as eaten, but relative preferences not known; leaf-eating recorded in captivity. Forages actively... read more

Breeding

Season at least Nov–Feb, but data few; display period centred on dry season, waning court attendance noted in Jan. Polygynous,... read more

Movements

Presumed resident

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. Restricted range species: present in Adelbert and Huon Ranges EBA. CITES II. Very poorly known. Uncommon to... read more

Recommended citation

Frith, C., Frith, D. & Sharpe, C.J. (2017). Wahnes's Parotia (Parotia wahnesi). 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/60645 on 21 October 2017).