Family Birds-of-paradise (Paradisaeidae)

Near Threatened

Pale-billed Sicklebill (Drepanornis bruijnii)


French: Paradisier à bec blanc German: Weißschnabel-Paradieshopf Spanish: Ave del paraíso piquiblanca

Drepanornis Bruijnii


, 1880,

coast of Geelvink Bay between 136° 30’ and 137° of longitude, New Guinea




N New Guinea from E side of Geelvink Bay E through Meervlakte (Lakeplain) and presumably Idenburg (Taritatu) Basin and N coastal lowlands to Vanimo area and NW reaches of Sepik R drainage (Utai).

Descriptive notes

Male 35 cm, 160–164 g; female 34 cm, 184–207 g. Fairly large paradisaeid with very long, sickle-shaped pale bill and medium-length tail. Male has forehead, crown... read more


Male advertisement call a variable series of hoarse or hollow whistled plaintive musical notes,... read more


Lowland rainforest, including disturbed areas, and original and selectively logged forest on... read more

Food and feeding

Fruits (mainly drupes) and arthropods. Appears to be more frugivorous than D. albertisi. Forages mostly in canopy, but descending... read more


Gonadal enlargement at Holtekong (Hollekang), near Jayapura, suggests nesting in Nov; display at least in Aug. Polygynous, solitary... read more


Presumed resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near-threatened. Restricted range species: present in North Papuan Lowlands EBA. CITES II. Poorly known. May be widespread and... read more

Recommended citation

Frith, C. & Frith, D. (2020). Pale-billed Sicklebill (Drepanornis bruijnii). 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).