Order Passeriformes

Family Paradisaeidae

Birds-of-paradise
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General
  • Small to large passerines with stout powerful bill of diverse size and shape, several with long or exceedingly long tail; males typically ornately plumaged.
  • Moluccas, New Guinea and satellites, and north-eastern Australia.
  • Rainforest and other dense vegetation, a few also in more open habitats.
  • 15-44 cm.
  • 15 genera, 41 species, 77 taxa.
  • 3 species threatened;
    none extinct since 1600.

Recommended citation

Frith, C., Frith, D. & Bonan, A. (2017). Birds-of-paradise (Paradisaeidae). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/52367 on 23 November 2017).