(syn. Lophorina Ϯ Paradise Riflebird L. paradisea) Gr. πτιλον ptilon  feather; ῥις rhis, ῥινος rhinos  nostrils; "Genus. PTILORIS. Mihi.  Tribe Tenuirostres.*  Family. Meliphagidæ.  Vigors. Mihi.   GENERIC CHARACTERS.   Rostrum longissimum, compressum, falciforme.  Nares basales, plumosi, paertura lineari.  Tarsi breves.  Hallux validus.  Tarsus halluxque æquales, plantæ planæ, latæ.  Cauda brevis,æqualis.  Alæ rotundatæ.  ...  I shall therefore merely observe, that while this genus seems to open a passage to the next family of Paradiseidæ, it gives a typical representation of that group among the Meliphagidæ.  ...  PTILORIS paradiseus.  ...  In this sex [♂] the nostrils are completely hid by the frontal feathers, which entirely cover the membrane." (Swainson 1825); "Ptiloris Swainson, 1825, Zool. Journ., 1 (4), p. 479. Type, by monotypy, Ptiloris paradiseus Swainson." (Mayr in Peters 1962, XV, 187). Cracraft 1992, recognised five diagnosably distinct species in this genus.   Var. PtilorbisPtilorhis, Ptilorhys.

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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 11 December 2018).