Family Birds-of-paradise (Paradisaeidae)

Least Concern

Crinkle-collared Manucode (Manucodia chalybatus)


French: Paradisier vert German: Grünparadieskrähe Spanish: Ave del paraíso metálica

Paradisea Chalybata

J. R. Forster

, 1781,

Arfak Mountains, New Guinea




West Papuan Is (Misool) and scattered sites throughout mainland New Guinea.

Descriptive notes

Male 36 cm, 164–265 g; female 33 cm, 160–255 g. Large paradisaeid with fairly long, graduated tail. Male has blue-black head, neck and nape, blue-green iridescent... read more


Advertisement song of male a slow series of up to 8 low, even-pitched, hollow "hoo" notes... read more


Hill and lower montane forest throughout New Guinea mainland, also lowland forest on Misool; sea-... read more

Food and feeding

Mainly fruits, especially figs (Ficus); also invertebrates, including insects and spiders (Araneae). Forages mostly in middle to... read more


Breeding at least Jul–Sept and Jan; display recorded in Apr, Jun, Jul and Sept. Monogamous pair-bonding; non-territorial. Display on... read more


Presumed resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. CITES II. Fairly common over much of range; secretive habits make census difficult. Wide-ranging; an individual radio-tracked for a week during Nov... read more

Recommended citation

Frith, C. & Frith, D. (2020). Crinkle-collared Manucode (Manucodia chalybatus). 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 25 February 2020).