Family Birds-of-paradise (Paradisaeidae)

Near Threatened

Ribbon-tailed Astrapia (Astrapia mayeri)


French: Paradisier à rubans German: Schmalschwanz-Paradieselster Spanish: Ave del paraíso cuelgacintas

Astrapia mayeri


, 1939,

Mount Hagen, New Guinea


Hybridization with A. stephaniae recorded (which see). Monotypic.


From Doma Peaks, upper Strickland R, Müller Range and Karius Range E to Porgera/Mt Liwaro Highlands, Mt Hagen and Mt Giluwe.

Descriptive notes

Male 32 cm (125 cm with central rectrices), 134–164 g; female 35 cm (53 cm including central rectrices), 102–157 g. Medium-sized astrapia with short, narrow and... read more


A common call a loud clear "waugh", or "wock, whit-whit" in which first note... read more


Upper montane and subalpine moss forests, forest edge, isolated forest patches, and selectively... read more

Food and feeding

Mostly fruits, especially of Schefflera, also arthropods, spiders (Araneae), frogs (Anura). Forages mostly in upper third of... read more


Breeding recorded in all months except Apr; egg-laying May, Jun and Sept–Feb; displays noted Jun, Aug and Dec. Polygynous, with... read more


Presumed resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near-threatened. Restricted range species: present in Central Papuan Mountains EBA. CITES II. Fairly common to locally abundant... read more

Recommended citation

Frith, C. & Frith, D. (2020). Ribbon-tailed Astrapia (Astrapia mayeri). 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 27 February 2020).