French: Paradisier de Lawes German: Blaunacken-Paradiesvogel Spanish: Ave del paraíso de Lawes
E. P. Ramsay
Astrolabe Mountains, subsequently considered to be Aruma Apa-Maguli Range, Owen Stanley Range, New Guinea
Subspecies and Distribution
P. l. lawesii
E. P. Ramsay, 1885 – Lawes’s Parotia – highlands of EC New Guinea E to S slopes of SE Peninsula.
P. l. helenae
De Vis, 1897 – Eastern Parotia – N watershed of peninsular SE New Guinea (from Waria SE to Milne Bay); possibly also S watershed in extreme SE (Keveri Hills to, possibly, Mt Dayman#R).
Male 27 cm, 153–195 g; female 25 cm, 122–169 g. Broad-winged and short-tailed parotia. Male nominate race is velvety jet-black, head adorned with erectile silver... read more
Possible advertisement a loud, raucous, growling, metallic and rasping or grating "graannh-... read more
Middle montane forest, including primary mixed oak forest, disturbed forest, also secondary growth... read more
Food and feeding
Mostly fruits; also some animals, i.e. arthropods and skinks (Scincidae). Leaves eaten in captivity. Takes animal prey from epiphytes, dry... read more
Season at least Jun–Jan; egg-laying early Dec (one nest), a nest with chick 5–6 days old in late Nov, males with gonads... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Restricted range species: present in Central Papuan Mountains EBA. CITES II. Common in Tari Valley and fairly common in Owen Stanley Mts. On Mt... read more
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