Family Birds-of-paradise (Paradisaeidae)

Least Concern

Huon Astrapia (Astrapia rothschildi)


French: Paradisier de Rothschild German: Rothschildparadieselster Spanish: Ave del paraíso de Rothschild

Astrapia rothschildi


, 1906,

Rawlinson Mountains, north-eastern New Guinea




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

Descriptive notes

Male 69 cm, 186–205 g; female 47 cm, 143–200 g. Large astrapia with exceptionally long, broad tail markedly graduated. Male has entirely black head and nape with... read more


Calls, including muffled scolding "jj, jj" or "jiw, jiw", resemble those of... read more


Middle montane, upper montane and subalpine forests, at 1460–3010 m. Display trees located on... read more

Food and feeding

Little known. Diet fruits and animals. Seeks animal prey by biting and tearing at mosses on branches and twigs, and inspecting or probing... read more


Egg-laying at least Oct–Nov; male with moderately enlarged gonads Mar and Oct and female with enlarged gonads Mar and Aug; display... read more


No information.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted range species: present in Adelbert and Huon Ranges EBA. CITES II. A little-known species; common at Ogeranang (Rawlinson Mts), at 1600 m,... read more

Recommended citation

Frith, C. & Frith, D. (2019). Huon Astrapia (Astrapia rothschildi). 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 7 December 2019).