Family Birds-of-paradise (Paradisaeidae)

Least Concern

Short-tailed Paradigalla (Paradigalla brevicauda)


French: Paradisier à queue courte German: Kurzschwanz-Paradieselster Spanish: Ave del paraíso colicorta

Paradigalla brevicauda

Rothschild and E. J. O. Hartert

, 1911,

Mount Goliath, central New Guinea


See P. carunculata. Birds from Utakwa R, at c. 1500 m in Nassau Range (WC New Guinea), described as race intermedia, but considered inseparable from birds in rest of species’ range. Monotypic.


C ranges of New Guinea from Weyland Mts E to Mt Karimui and Bismarck Range.

Descriptive notes

Male 23 cm, 160–184 g; female 22 cm, 155–170 g. Male has bright yellow foreface wattle originating at base of upper mandible, and smaller swollen sky-blue wattle... read more


Little known. Calls recorded include melodic "hui", also high-pitched mournful whistling... read more


Middle montane forests, including southern beech (Nothofagus), secondary growth, also... read more

Food and feeding

Fruits; also epiphyte-dwelling animals, including insects, spiders (Araneae), worms (Annelida), frogs (Anura), skinks (Scincidae). A single... read more


Recorded in all months except Mar and Nov in one area; egg-laying Jan, Apr–Jul, Sept–Oct and Dec; one record of nest-building... read more


Presumed resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted range species: present in Central Papuan Mountains EBA. CITES II. Widespread, but patchily distributed; common in some localities, but... read more

Recommended citation

Frith, C. & Frith, D. (2020). Short-tailed Paradigalla (Paradigalla brevicauda). 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 17 February 2020).