French: Jardinier d’Archbold German: Archboldlaubenvogel Spanish: Pergolero de Archbold
Other common names:
Sanford's Bowerbird (sanfordi)
Bele River, 2200 m, 18 km north of Lake Habbema, Snow Mountains, western New Guinea
Subspecies and Distribution
A. p. papuensis
Rand, 1940 – mountains of WC New Guinea (Wissel Lakes, in Weyland Mts area; Nassau Range and Oranje Mts; Bele R and L Habbema region).
A. p. sanfordi
Mayr & Gilliard, 1950 – mountains of EC New Guinea (Mt Hagen, Mt Giluwe, Tari Gap, and S Karius Range).
Male 37 cm, 170–195 g; female 35 cm, 163–185 g. Male nominate race is dark sooty grey to jet-black, with extensive prominent black-streaked orange-yellow crest... read more
Male at bower gives loud advertisement vocalizations with ventriloquial quality, including whistles... read more
Frost-prone high montane mossy beech (Nothofagus) forest with coniferous (Podocarpus... read more
Food and feeding
Virtually no information on adult diet. Nestling diet predominantly fruits, also some animals; latter mostly tree-climbing skinks (... read more
Season Sept–Feb, with eggs Nov–Dec; display season Sept–Dec, but Mt Hagen bowers attended as early as Jul. Polygynous,... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near-threatened. Restricted range species: present in Central Papuan Mountains EBA. Reasonably common locally; generally rare... read more
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