Family Birds-of-paradise (Paradisaeidae)

Least Concern

Magnificent Riflebird (Lophorina magnifica)


French: Paradisier gorge-d’acier German: Prachtparadiesvogel Spanish: Ave del paraíso goliazul

Falcinellus magnificus


, 1819,

Dorey, Vogelkop, New Guinea


See L. paradisea. Has been considered conspecific with L. victoriae. Previously considered conspecific with L. intercedens (which see). Intergeneric hybridization with Seleucidis melanoleucus and Paradisaea minor recorded; also with congener L. superba. Race alberti smaller than nominate and L. intercedens, and vocally moderately distinct from nominate; more research needed to assess its taxonomic status. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • L. m. magnifica (Vieillot, 1819) – W & C New Guinea from Vogelkop E to Wewak area in N and, in S, to Purari R.
  • L. m. alberti (Elliot, 1871) – Albany I and patchily on adjacent Cape York Peninsula (S to Weipa area on W coast and to Rocky R area of McIlwraith Range on E), in NE Australia.
  • Descriptive notes

    Male 34 cm, 143–230 g; female 28 cm, 94–185 g. Fairly large paradis­aeid with long, decurved bill and short, rather square-ended graduated tail. Male nominate... read more


    Races differ in advertisement vocalizations of male: nominate race (W & C New Guinea) and ... read more


    Lowland forest, hill forest and middle montane forest, also monsoon forest, swamp-forest, and... read more

    Food and feeding

    Fruits (mostly capsules) and animals, latter including wide variety of insects, spiders (Araneae) and myriapods; overall a greater... read more


    Season variable across range, at least Jun–Feb, females with enlarged oocytes Feb, Jun, Jul and Oct–Nov and some males with... read more


    Presumed resident.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). CITES II. Mostly common where found; uncommon at 300–1200 m in S Cyclops Mts in Jul, with calling males sparse. In Ok Tedi area... read more

    Recommended citation

    Frith, C., Frith, D. & Christie, D.A. (2020). Magnificent Riflebird (Lophorina magnifica). 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).