Family Birds-of-paradise (Paradisaeidae)

Near Threatened

Red Bird-of-paradise (Paradisaea rubra)


French: Paradisier rouge German: Rotparadiesvogel Spanish: Ave del paraíso roja

Paradisea rubra


, 1800,

Waigeo, West Papuan Islands, New Guinea




West Papuan Is (Waigeo, Gemien, Saonek and Batanta; presumably also Gam), off NW New Guinea.

Descriptive notes

Male 33 cm (excluding tail wires), 158–224 g; female 30 cm, 115–208 g. Male has head to just behind eye, ear-coverts, chin and extensive throat area of finely... read more


Most common advertisement call by lekking male a loud, clear repeated "wak", the bird... read more


Lowland rainforest and hill forest, from sea-level to c. 600 m.

Food and feeding

Little known. Fruits and arthropods recorded. In captivity, a female fed her single hatchling exclusively with regurgitated soft fruits for... read more


Females with enlarged oocytes indicative of breeding in Sept–Oct; display at least Jul and Sept. Polygynous, lekking promiscuous... read more


Presumed resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near-threatened. Restricted range species: present in West Papuan Lowlands EBA. CITES II. Common in suitable habitats. Has very... read more

Recommended citation

Frith, C. & Frith, D. (2020). Red Bird-of-paradise (Paradisaea rubra). 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 24 January 2020).