(Paradisaeidae; Ϯ Greater Bird-of-Paradise P. apoda) Late L. paradisus  paradise  < Gr. παραδεισος paradeisos  paradise, pleasure ground (of the Persian kings) < Old Persian pairi-daēza  walled garden; "51. PARADISÆA.  Rostrum basi plumis tomentosis tectum.  Pennæ hypochondriorum longiores." (Linnaeus 1758); "Paradisaea Linnaeus, 1758, Syst. Nat., ed. 10, 1, p. 110. Type, by subsequent designation (Gray, 1840, p. 39), P. apoda Linnaeus." (Mayr in Peters 1962, XV, 199). Linnaeus's Paradisaea comprised two species (P. apoda, P. regia) (Cracraft 1992, recognised fourteen phylogenetic species here).  Magellan’s sailors were told by Moluccan natives that the exotic birds-of-paradise came from heaven, being called ‘birds of god’ (see apoda).
Var. Paradisea.
Synon. Manucodiata, Samalia, Trichoparadisea, Uranornis.

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Jobling, J. A. (2018). Key to Scientific Names in Ornithology. In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.) (2018). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 13 December 2018).