Family Birds-of-paradise (Paradisaeidae)


Goldie's Bird-of-paradise (Paradisaea decora)


French: Paradisier de Goldie German: Lavendelparadiesvogel Spanish: Ave del paraíso de Goldie

Paradisea decora

Salvin and Godman

, 1883,

Fergusson Island, New Guinea




D’Entrecasteaux Archipelago (Fergusson I, Normanby I), off SE New Guinea.

Descriptive notes

Male 33 cm (excluding tail wires), one 237 g; female 29 cm. Male has lores, lower forehead, malar area, chin and throat covered with fine iridescent plush yellowish-green to... read more


Advertisement calls of lekking male include "wok-wok" or "wark", usually given... read more


Hill forest and forest edge, secondary regrowth, and fallow upland gardens; up to at least 600 m. A... read more

Food and feeding

Little known. Fruits and arthropods. Forages both in trees and on ground.


No data on season; one male in Sept and four in Dec had much-enlarged gonads; displays and matings observed second week of Nov. Polygynous... read more



Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Restricted-range species, only found on Fergusson (1,340 km2) and Normanby (1,040 km2) in the D'Entrecasteaux archipelago of east Papua New Guinea, part of... read more

Recommended citation

Frith, C., Frith, D. & Sharpe, C.J. (2020). Goldie's Bird-of-paradise (Paradisaea decora). 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).