Family Birds-of-paradise (Paradisaeidae)

Least Concern

Obi Paradise-crow (Lycocorax obiensis)


French: Paradisier d’Obi German: Obiparadieskrähe Spanish: Ave del paraíso corvina de Obi

Lycocorax obiensis


, 1865,

#R, Obi


Previously treated as conspecific with L. pyrrhopterus, although distinctiveness and potential for separation long noted#R. Differs in its darker, glossier, greener body plumage (2); dark brown vs pale brown outer webs of flight-feathers, creating no contrast with body (2); longer, thicker feathering on the lores and superciliary area, resembling heavy “eyebrows” (2); slightly larger size, with longer wing (mean male 204 mm vs 190#R; probably 2, allow 1); strikingly different behaviour (“demonstrative” vs “secretive”)#R (1); more catholic habitat selection#R (ns); seemingly unique calls#R#R (until demonstrated, ns). Monotypic.

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Bisa and Obi (S of Halmahera).

Descriptive notes

42–43 cm; male 300–370 g, female 250–316 g. Adult has very dark blackish-brown head with slight bluish gloss; body dark brown, upperparts with blue-grey and greenish gloss,... read more


More vocal than L. pyrrhopterus. Utters loud, trumpet-like “óó-lip” or “who-up”, this... read more


Occurs in forest and forest edge, and in plantations, but also in any other habitat with scattered... read more

Food and feeding

Primarily frugivorous, but will also take arthropods when these are available. Forages alone, in pairs and in small groups, often in dense... read more


Nest and eggs recorded Dec–Jun. Nest a large cup-shaped structure of dry leaves and moss, or sometimes of woody vines, with dry wood chips... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Restricted-range species: present in Northern Maluku EBA. Very common on Obi, where “one of the most vocal and visible species of... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Christie, D.A. (2020). Obi Paradise-crow (Lycocorax obiensis). 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).