Family Birds-of-paradise (Paradisaeidae)

Least Concern

Victoria's Riflebird (Lophorina victoriae)


French: Paradisier de Victoria German: Victoriaparadiesvogel Spanish: Ave del paraíso de Victoria

Ptiloris Victoriae


, 1850,

Barnard Island, north Queensland, Australia


See L. paradisea. Formerly considered conspecific with L. magnifica. Monotypic.


Atherton Region of NE Queensland (from Big Tableland, S of Cooktown, S to Halifax Bay, and some offshore islands), in NE Australia.

Descriptive notes

Male 25 cm, 91–119 g; female 23 cm, 77–96 g. Fairly large paradisaeid with fairly long, decurved bill and short tail. Male is mostly velvety jet-black with rich... read more


Male advertisement call an explosive loud "sssssshh" or "yaaaass", in S of... read more


Lowland to hill rainforests, also adjacent wet sclerophyll woodland dominated by eucalypts (... read more

Food and feeding

Fruits (mostly capsules); insects, including cockroaches (Blattodea) and cicadas (Cicadidae), and spiders (Araneae), centipedes (Chilopoda... read more


Season at least Aug–Feb; egg-laying late Aug to early Jan, and female with fledged young observed late Nov and Jan–Mar; males... read more


Mostly sedentary; during winter months some adult males move out of rainforest into adjacent wet... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted range species: present in Queensland Wet Tropics EBA. CITES II. Common throughout small range; reported as more abundant on Bloomfield R... read more

Recommended citation

Frith, C. & Frith, D. (2020). Victoria's Riflebird (Lophorina victoriae). 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).