French: Paradisier multifil German: Fadenparadiesvogel Spanish: Ave del paraíso filamentosa
Subspecies and Distribution
S. m. melanoleucus
(Daudin, 1800) – West Papuan Is (Salawati) and W & S New Guinea from Vogelkop E in N watershed to Mamberamo R and, in S watershed, to Port Moresby area and possibly to Milne Bay.
S. m. auripennis
Schlüter, 1911 – N New Guinea from Mamberamo R to Ramu R.
Male 33 cm, 170–217 g; female 35 cm, 160–188 g. Male nominate race has entire head velvety black with iridescent coppery olive-green sheen, entire crown with... read more
Male has two advertisement calls (accompanied by raising of open wings to expose yellow flanks): a... read more
Flat lowland rainforest, notably swamp-forest permanently or seasonally flooded and supporting... read more
Food and feeding
Fruits, notably pandanus; also animals, mostly arthropods, but also small vertebrates (frogs, lizards); also flower nectar. Relative... read more
Breeds Jan to late Oct/early Nov in SE (near Port Moresby); males with enlarged gonads in Jan–Feb and Jun–Dec, peak gonadal... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. CITES II. Inadequately known, in part because of largely impenetrable habitat. Appears in general to vary from being locally uncommon to common;... read more
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