Family Birds-of-paradise (Paradisaeidae)

Near Threatened

Long-tailed Paradigalla (Paradigalla carunculata)


French: Paradisier caronculé German: Spitzschwanz-Paradieselster Spanish: Ave del paraíso carunculada

Paradigalla carunculata


, 1835,

Arfak Mountains, New Guinea


Previously considered conspecific with P. brevicauda. Intergeneric hybridization documented with Parotia sefilata, Lophorina superba and Epimachus fastosus. A paradigalla population present in Fakfak Mts#R of Onin Peninsula may represent an undescribed race or, more likely, an undescribed species#R; further investigation needed. Monotypic.


Vogelkop (Arfak Mts), in NW New Guinea.

Descriptive notes

Male 37 cm, female 35 cm; one female 170 g. Fairly large paradisaeid with prominent facial wattles, strongly graduated tail; on folded wing, longest secondaries may extend to... read more


No information available.


Middle montane forest amd forest edge; elevational range poorly defined, probably c. 1400–... read more

Food and feeding

Little known; eats fruits.


Virtually unknown. Given that it hybridizes with three other genera, and from what is known of its sole congener P. brevicauda,... read more


No information.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near-threatened. Restricted range species: present in West Papuan Highlands EBA. CITES II. Very poorly known; few records,... read more

Recommended citation

Frith, C., Frith, D. & Bonan, A. (2020). Long-tailed Paradigalla (Paradigalla carunculata). 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).