Family Birds-of-paradise (Paradisaeidae)

Least Concern

Arfak Astrapia (Astrapia nigra)


French: Paradisier à gorge noire German: Fächerparadieselster Spanish: Ave del paraíso de las Arfak

Paradisea nigra

J. F. Gmelin

, 1788,

“Oceanic Islands”


Intergeneric hybridization with Epimachus fastosus recorded. Monotypic.


Vogelkop (Tamrau Mts and Arfak Mts), in NW New Guinea.

Descriptive notes

Male 60 cm (76 cm with central rectrices included), female 50 cm. Large astrapia with extremely long, markedly graduated tail. Male has velvety jet-black head with blue to... read more


Male relatively silent; single record of simple double downslurred hollow "clu-ck".


Montane and subalpine forests, presumably to apex of Arfak Mts; 1700–2250 m.

Food and feeding

Little known. Diet fruits and arthropods, but relative proportions unknown.


Female-plumaged individual feeding juvenile of similar appearance in mid-Jul and juveniles at Tanah Merah (Arfak Mts) in Jul–Aug. No... read more


Presumed resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted range species: present in West Papuan Highlands EBA. CITES II. Most records from Arfak Mts; a single sighting in Tamrau Mts. Said to be... read more

Recommended citation

Frith, C. & Frith, D. (2019). Arfak Astrapia (Astrapia nigra). 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 on 5 December 2019).