Family Birds-of-paradise (Paradisaeidae)

Least Concern

Jobi Manucode (Manucodia jobiensis)


French: Paradisier de Jobi German: Jobiparadieskrähe Spanish: Ave del paraíso de la Jobi

Manucodia jobiensis


, 1876,

Wonapi, Yapen Island (Jobi), New Guinea


Birds from Rubi (Geelvink Bay) described as race rubiensis, but considered inseparable from those in rest of range. Monotypic.


Yapen I and W & N mainland New Guinea from Rubi (E Geelvink Bay) E discontinuously in lowlands to mouth of Ramu R and, in S, from area of Mimika R to Setekwa R.

Descriptive notes

Male 34 cm, 212–257 g; female 31 cm, 150–205 g. Large paradisaeid with slightly graduated tail; base of culmen slightly broadened and flattened (far less so than... read more


Little known. A series of 4–6 slowly delivered hollow "hoo" notes, much as for M.... read more


Lowland rainforest, swamp-forest, hill forest, and forest edge; sea-level to 500 m, rarely to 750 m.

Food and feeding

Fruits and arthropods, but relative preference unknown. Forages for arthropods at up to 15 m in middle storey. Joins mixed-species foraging... read more


Birds with gonads fairly enlarged in Jun–Aug and Dec–Jan and much enlarged in Feb–Mar, May and Jul across range; single... read more


No information.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. CITES II. Locally common. As this is a little-known species easily confused with M. chalybatus, some of the reported records may be open to... read more

Recommended citation

Frith, C. & Frith, D. (2020). Jobi Manucode (Manucodia jobiensis). 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).