Family Birds-of-paradise (Paradisaeidae)

Near Threatened

Emperor Bird-of-paradise (Paradisaea guilielmi)


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

Paradisea Guilielmi


, 1888,

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


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


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


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


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


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


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. (2020). 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 on 19 February 2020).