Family Bowerbirds (Ptilonorhynchidae)

Least Concern

Flame Bowerbird (Sericulus ardens)


Taxonomy

French: Jardinier ardent German: Flammenlaubenvogel Spanish: Pergolero flamígero
Taxonomy:

Xanthomelus ardens

D’Albertis and Salvadori

, 1879,

upper Fly River, 430 m, New Guinea

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Often treated as conspecific with S. aureus, with which it hybridizes in area of marginal range overlap on Wataikwa R (SW New Guinea); DNA data#R, however, suggest that the two are separate species. Monotypic.

Distribution:

S New Guinea from Wataikwa R–Mimika R and upper Noord R–Endrich R E to upper Fly R, Strickland R and Nomad R, and to near Ludesa Mission (Mt Bosavi); also in Tarara–Morehead area and inland from Merauke (between Kumbe and Merauke R).

Descriptive notes

25·5 cm; two captive males 120 g and 140 g, five females 127–168 g. Generally like S. aureus, but slightly smaller, shorter-tailed, and lacking black... read more

Voice

Few records; harsh rasping and hissing notes, and oft-repeated churring "shh" or faint... read more

Habitat

Lowland and foothill rainforest and tall secondary forest, including patches in flat savanna (... read more

Food and feeding

Diet little known; fruits and insects. Forages singly, sometimes in twos or threes, and occasionally in company with other avian frugivores. read more

Breeding

Display season in E of range mostly May–Jul at Nomad R and Aug–Nov near Strickland R. Polygynous, promiscuous male seasonally... read more

Movements

Presumed resident.

Status and conservation

Not assessed. Usually treated as conspecific with A. aureus. Probably not globally threatened. Little-known species. Not uncommon in Wataikwa R area in W of range... read more

Recommended citation

Frith, C. & Frith, D. (2019). Flame Bowerbird (Sericulus ardens). 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/60680 on 16 September 2019).