French: Paradisier magnifique German: Sichelschwanz-Paradiesvogel Spanish: Ave del paraíso magnífica
J. R. Forster
Arfak Mountains, New Guinea
Subspecies and Distribution
C. m. magnificus
(J. R. Forster, 1781) – West Papuan Is (Salawati) and NW New Guinea (N & E Vogelkop, Wandammen Peninsula and Onin Peninsula).
C. m. chrysopterus
(Elliot, 1873) – Yapen I (in Geelvink Bay) and W & C New Guinea E to mountains of Jimi R and Sepik–Wahgi Divide, also Adelbert Range.
C. m. hunsteini
(A. B. Meyer, 1885) – E & SE New Guinea from upper Fly R region (E along S scarp of C Cordillera), Wahgi region and Huon Peninsula.
Male 19 cm (26 cm inclusive of central rectrices), 75–119 g; female 19 cm, 52–60 g. Male nominate race has upper head and nape feathers short and stubbly, olive-... read more
Court advertisement song of male a strident "ca cru cru cru", or loud clear "car... read more
Hill forest to lower montane forest, rarely in lowland rainforest; from near sea-level (where hilly... read more
Food and feeding
Fruits and animals, latter including wide variety of insects, also spiders (Araneae); possibly also flowers or nectar. Nestlings fed at... read more
Season at least Jul–Dec, but probably in all months over its range; males with much-enlarged gonads Mar–Nov, and females in... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. CITES II. Widespread, and common. In 2002, within Crater Mountain Wildlife Management Area (E New Guinea), estimates at 432–650 m were 17... read more
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