Family Birds-of-paradise (Paradisaeidae)

Least Concern

King of Saxony Bird-of-paradise (Pteridophora alberti)


French: Paradisier du Prince Albert German: Wimpelträger-Paradiesvogel Spanish: Ave del paraíso de Alberto

Pteridophora alberti

A. B. Meyer

, 1894,

mountains on Ambernoh River [Mamberamo River] = apparently Weyland Mountains, New Guinea


Birds from Schraderberg (in Sepik Mts) described as race buergersi and those from S slope of Mt Hagen as hallstromi, but both insufficiently differentiated from those in rest of species’ range. Monotypic.


C Cordillera of New Guinea from Weyland Mts E (including Snow Mts, Star Mts, Victor Emanuel Range, Mt Bosavi, Mt Hagen, Mt Giluwe, Ambua Range, Kubor Range, Schrader Mts and Bismarck Range) to Kratke Range.

Descriptive notes

Male 22 cm, 80–95 g; female 20 cm, 68–88 g. Male has head, mantle and back velvety black with iridescent sheen of bronzed green, notably on elongated "cape... read more


Adult male gives unique advertisement song, a dry rattling jumble of insect-like notes poured out... read more


Middle to upper montane forest and forest edge, also lightly disturbed areas of forest around... read more

Food and feeding

Mostly fruits (drupes, notably those of Timonius belensis); also insects and spiders (Araneae). Forages mostly alone, at all... read more


Breeding possible in all months, peak about Jul–Feb; one nest found, constructed in Dec, egg-laying early Jan (Tari Gap, in EC New... read more


Presumably resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted range species: present in Central Papuan Mountains EBA. CITES II. Widespread, and often common. Common at 2745 m and moderately common at... read more

Recommended citation

Frith, C. & Frith, D. (2020). King of Saxony Bird-of-paradise (Pteridophora alberti). 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 January 2020).