Family Birds-of-paradise (Paradisaeidae)

Near Threatened

Emperor Bird-of-paradise (Paradisaea guilielmi)


Taxonomy

French: Paradisier de Guillaume German: Kaiserparadiesvogel Spanish: Ave del paraíso imperial
Taxonomy:

Paradisea Guilielmi

Cabanis

, 1888,

Kaiser Wilhelm’s Land = Sattelberg, south-east Huon Peninsula, New Guinea

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Hybridization with P. minor and P. raggiana recorded. Monotypic.

Distribution:

Huon Peninsula (Finisterre Range, Saruwaged Range, Cromwell Mts, Rawlinson Mts), in NE New Guinea.

Descriptive notes

Male 33 cm (excluding tail wires), 250–265 g; female 31 cm. Male has most of head and upper breast iridescent oily brilliant dark green or greenish-yellow, rear crown... read more

Voice

Loud advertisement calls of lekking males include a series of 6–8 notes, first shorter and... read more

Habitat

Primary hill forest, including pockets of forest isolated by gardens and other disturbance; c. 450... read more

Food and feeding

Little studied. Mostly fruits, with some arthropods. Undertakes much scansorial searching on trees, gleaning insects from bark. Forages... read more

Breeding

Breeds at least Sept–Dec; male with gonads enlarged in Oct and much enlarged Nov–Dec; display months variable across range, in... read more

Movements

No information.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near-threatened. Restricted range species: present in Adelbert and Huon Ranges EBA. CITES II. Fairly common, and reasonably... read more

Recommended citation

Frith, C. & Frith, D. (2017). Emperor Bird-of-paradise (Paradisaea guilielmi). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/60667 on 24 November 2017).