Published in HBW Volume 14 on page 413.
Original HBW caption:
The sole species in the genus Lophorina, the Superb Bird-of-paradise forms a clade with the Ptiloris riflebirds. Like them, it has throat feathers that are scale-like and greatly elongated laterally, forming a shallow, “winged” deltashaped shield of intensely iridescent metallic greenish-blue. Its nape feathers are also greatly elongated and modified to form a large, erectile nuchal “cape”. The female is markedly smaller than the male, and is similar in appearance to the females of the Magnificent Riflebird (P. magnificus) and of the Western (Parotia sefilata) and Carola’s Parotias (P. carolae). The Superb Birdof- paradise is known to interbreed with all three of these species, along with species from three other genera.
CitationBrian J. Coates, IBC1007953. Accessible at hbw.com/ibc/1007953.
Brian J. Coates, IBC1007953. Photo of Superb Bird-of-paradise Lophorina superba at New Guinea, New Guinea. Accessible at hbw.com/ibc/1007953.
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