French: Paradisier splendide German: Prachtparadieselster Spanish: Ave del paraíso espléndida
“Probably Charles-Louis Mountains” = Weyland Mountains, New Guinea
Subspecies and Distribution
A. s. splendidissima
Rothschild, 1895 – Weyland Mts and Charles Louis Range E to L Paniai (Wissel Lakes), in W New Guinea.
A. s. helios
Mayr, 1936 – from E of L Paniai E to Hindenburg Mts and at least to Victor Emanuel Range.
Male 39 cm, 120–151 g; female 37 cm, 108–151 g. Medium-sized astrapia with long, markedly graduated tail. Male nominate race has brilliantly iridescent metallic... read more
Male produces nasal insect-like "to-ki", second note rising; similar "teek-teek" given by female-... read more
Montane and subalpine forests to tree-line, also forest edge and associated secondary growth; 1750... read more
Food and feeding
Mostly fruits; also animals, including arthropods, frogs, lizards. Forages from canopy down to undergrowth, taking items on moss-covered... read more
Nest-building recorded in Mar, juvenile seen in Aug, egg in Oct and nestling in Nov. Observation of four calling adult males perched on... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Restricted range species: present in Central Papuan Mountains EBA. CITES II. Common and widespread in Okbap area of Star Mts (in E of range) at c.... read more
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