Family Birds-of-paradise (Paradisaeidae)

Least Concern

Curl-crested Manucode (Manucodia comrii)


French: Paradisier d’Entrecasteaux German: Kräuselparadieskrähe Spanish: Ave del paraíso de Comrie

Manucodia comrii

P. L. Sclater

, 1876,

Huon Gulf; error = Fergusson Island, D’Entrecasteaux Archipelago, New Guinea


Population of Trobriand Is sometimes separated as race trobriandi, but poorly differentiated. Monotypic.


Trobriand Group (Kiriwina and Kaileuna) and D’Entrecasteaux Archipelago (Goodenough, Wagifa, Fergusson, Dobu and Normanby), off SE New Guinea.

Descriptive notes

43 cm; one male 448 g and one female 418 g (nominate). Large paradis­aeid with crown feathering distinctively curled and that of neck crinkled; tail fairly long and... read more


Range of calls, usually a mournful, low-pitched, rolling "woodloodloodloodloodll",... read more


All wooded habitats, from lowland to upper montane forests, also forest edges, woodland, savanna,... read more

Food and feeding

Little known. Only fruits recorded, but presumably invertebrates also taken. Forages alone, in pairs, and in small groups; also with ... read more


Season at least Jun–Nov and Mar; nest-building recorded mid-Nov and egg-laying Mar and Jun–Oct; fledglings in Oct in D'... read more


No information.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted range species: present in D'Entrecasteaux and Trobriand Islands EBA. CITES II. Fairly common to abundant overall. In D'Entrecasteaux... read more

Recommended citation

Frith, C. & Frith, D. (2020). Curl-crested Manucode (Manucodia comrii). 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 17 February 2020).