A male perched on a trunk.

A male perched on a trunk.
Species: Red Bird-of-paradise   Paradisaea rubra
Author: Brian J. Coates
Added to IBC: 26 Sep 2012 - 13:19
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Altitude (m): 
92 meters


Published in HBW Volume 14 on page 416.
Original HBW caption:
Paradisaea is the genus of the seven “true” plumed birds-of-paradise, of which the Red Bird-of-paradise is among the least typical. This genus is defined in adult males by both the filamentous elongated flank plumes, and the greatly elongated, wire-like or tape-like central rectrices. In the Red Birdof- paradise, the central rectrices have been modified into gently twisting, concave, shiny black tapes of plastic-like appearance and texture, 3–4 mm wide. The slightly stiffened, downwardcurving flank plumes are carmine to crimson, and variably dark brown to medium-brown on the upper surface, with offwhite filamental tips.


Brian J. Coates, IBC1008058. Accessible at hbw.com/ibc/1008058.

Extended version
Brian J. Coates, IBC1008058. Photo of Red Bird-of-paradise Paradisaea rubra at New Guinea, New Guinea. Accessible at hbw.com/ibc/1008058.

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